PHILIPSBURG– Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS) will temporarily move into the former Civil Registry Department (Census Office) located opposite the Government Administration Building. Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin confirmed the temporary location until a permanent location is found for PSS.
PSS has 23 employees and government is preparing the building for the move to take place soon. St. Maarten Communications Union President Ludson Evers commended Marlin for her support and action towards PSS. He said Marlin showed her commitment to the company’s survival.
The union stated on several occasions that it has been red-flagging the financial realities at PSS to the competent authorities over the years, but to no tangible avail. The passage of Hurricane Irma compounded the problem and further exposed the reality of PSS’ lack of finances.
“PSS is the only postal organisation in the Dutch Caribbean that receives zero subsidy from Government. PSS started in October 2010 under our new constitutional status with zero start-up capital (equity) whilst inheriting a director without any employees.
“After a year, PSS obtained all former local NPNA [Netherlands Antilles Postal Service – Ed.] employees with all their existing employment benefits and years of service. This transfer was ratified by the shareholder and yet even then no financial injection was received,” Evers said.
Government has paid the salaries since late last year.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/78508-pss-gets-temporary-office-at-former-census-building