POND ISLAND–The TelEm Group says it will not be able to open the St. Maarten Cable TV office as proposed by the St. Maarten Communications Union (SMCU) until the completion of the manpower assessment. A letter to this effect was sent to the union’s attorney late Thursday.
TelEm Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kendall Dupersoy said unfortunately there are no assets under St. Maarten Cable TV as this company no longer exists. All assets, with the exception of workers, had been transferred to the TelEm Group’s Operating Company as of December 29, 2017, and, as a result, the workers would therefore fall under the TelEm Group if the office were reopened.
“Seeing that this is the case, if we allow anyone to work they would automatically become employees of TelEm,” Dupersoy explained. “There is no one working for Cable TV anymore because they don’t have a building. It’s now just a dormant company.”
He said Cable TV has funds because when the assets were transferred to the TelEm Group, funds were paid for the assets. These funds are used to service salaries, etc., for employees.“Therefore, for now until the manpower assessment is done, it’s difficult for us to reopen the office,” Dupersoy noted.
St. Maarten Cable TV workers have been unable to work since Tuesday, as the office has been closed. The union proposed on Wednesday that TelEm reopen the St. Maarten Cable TV office in Madame Estate as a branch office pending the completion of the manpower assessment at the company. The proposal was for Cable TV’s technical division and customer service to continue to service customers at the reopened office.
In the meantime, the TelEm Group is moving forward to have a manpower assessment completed in the time frame stipulated by the court.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/72494-telem-says-it-cannot-reopen-cable-tv-office