PSS workers get salaries, things return to normalcy

PHILIPSBURG–Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS) workers were all smiles on Monday, as they finally received their November salaries in their accounts.

Government made funds available to pay the workers after the intervention of caretaker Prime Minister Rafael Boasman, who met with representatives of PSS, its board and St. Maarten Communications Union (SMCU) last week Monday. The funds were transferred to PSS’ accounts late last week and further transferred to the workers’ accounts, who received their pay on Monday.
SMCU President Ludson Evers said things have since returned to normal at PSS. The workers downed tools for several days last week to protest the non-payment of their November salaries, but were advised to return to work on Thursday after Boasman confirmed to the union that the funds would be transferred.
Evers said he believes Government will now move to structure PSS. He said management has a turnaround plan for the facility as well as a business plan, but noted that a financial injection is needed.
“I think this is the direction that the Prime Minister is talking about and this will require a financial injection,” Evers said referring to Boasman’s plan as it relates to the future of PSS. “He [Boasman – Ed.] did mention that the Post Office needs to be restructured, which we are aware of this. The only way for this to happen is for Government to give an injection to PSS.”

Source: The Daily Herald