~ Submits counterproposal ~
PHILIPSBURG–The Committee of Civil Servants Unions (CCSU), formally known as the GOA, on Tuesday submitted to Prime Minister and General Affairs Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin a counterproposal to the draft amendment to the National decree on remuneration for civil servants.
Two important points in the counterproposal are an increase of the child allowance and the introduction of a minimum salary promotion for candidates when applying for positions internally.
CCSU informed the Prime Minister that it “could not approve the draft amendments to the National decree on remuneration for civil servants as submitted.” The members of CCSU are of the opinion that both the current remuneration decree and the draft amendment proposed by Government do not do justice to civil servants, in particular as it relates to the “aanloopschaal” – the remuneration criteria when being promoted, and child allowance.
The Windward Islands Civil Servants Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) and the Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) are of the opinion that the benefits are outdated and do not reflect the current St. Maarten economy and labour market.
Based on article 112h of the “Landsverordening materieel ambtenarenrecht” (LMA), the CCSU has to provide its approval on any matter pertaining to changes to the remuneration rules for civil servants.
CCSU received a draft amendment document to review and approve on October 16, 2018. CCSU members held a number of consultation meetings with government in October and November last year in an effort to seek clarity as to the reasons for the proposed changes and to discuss their discontent with the different challenges civil servants are experiencing with the current rules on remuneration.
After the sessions with government, WICSU-PSU (one of the two union members of the CCSU) organised sessions with its members to discuss the amendments proposed by government. WITU encouraged its members to participate in these sessions. Throughout the sessions members had the opportunity to express their opinions. The main view coming from these discussions was that the rules were outdated and unfair considering St. Maarten’s current economy.
In January, WICSU-PSU submitted a counterproposal to the amendments to the CCSU for approval. WICSU-PSU and WITU approved the counterproposal on March 19.
In its counterproposal, the CCSU proposes a number of amendments to the National decree on remuneration for civil servants. Two important points in the counterproposals are an increase of the child allowance and the introduction of a minimum salary promotion for candidates when applying for positions internally.