Published On: Mon, Oct 14th, 2013

Unions not involved in modernization Isla

Errol CovaWILLEMSTAD - As previously announced, the oil refinery will be modernized. This means that there will be some changes for the employees. Now it is understood that the unions will not be involved in these changes. This did not go down so well with the unions and they are threatening with strikes. The unions have appointed former union leader and former Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands Antilles, Errol Cova as their representative to defend the interest of the refinery employees.

"Two unions, the PWFC which represents the workers and the APRI representing the staff, have approached me to participate in the committee and I said yes," Cova declared. "The employees took the initiative to choose a 'leader' and that is their right. I understand that Prime Minister, Ivar Asjes does not want this and has indicated that he will designate a person to represent the unions. I do not know if this is a personal matter, but I was asked for my experiences within unions. The two unions find me the right person and I am honored. It is not about political issues, the interests of the workers are for me still paramount. I am committed to them," Cova indicated.

Cova is currently meeting with the unions to talk about the situation. The unions have issued an ultimatum which was not met and are now getting ready for action.

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