MARIGOT–All the major trade union organisations; PTT GWA, FO, UNSA, SPEG, CGTG, UGTG, and Soualiga United Collective, filed a Préavis de Gréve (strike notice) with the Collectivité on Wednesday, April 3, calling for an unlimited strike to start on Thursday, April 11.
The strike notice has a long list of recipients: the Préfet of Guadeloupe, the Préfète of St. Martin and St. Barths, President of the Territorial Council of St. Martin, President of Caisse Territoriale des Oeuvres Scolaires (CTOS), Regional Director of La Pôste, Regional Director of Pôle Emploi, Recteur of the Academy of Guadeloupe, Director of Bethany Home, Director of Louis-Constant Fleming Hospital, Director of Grand-Case Beach Club Hotel and the Director of Mercure Hotel.
Their demands are diverse. They are asking for: “the immediate resolution of the ongoing conflict between the Collectivité and CTOS; the immediate opening of negotiations on the future of residents, staff and the construction of the medical and social centre and senior citizen’s home; elimination of complicated and abusive procedures for the reconstruction of St. Martin following Hurricane Irma; matching training to employment needs in the region; defence of public service and the maintenance of all post offices in full operation.”
In addition: “Safety and compliance with standards in all educational establishments in St. Martin, provision of classrooms in schools to accommodate all students; end of co-intervention in Colleges due to a lack of rooms; provision of a precise timetable for the reconstruction of Soualiga College; revision of the vocational school’s permanent staff for the next school year; the monitoring of school reconstruction work by the Collectivité, finalisation of the work undertaken in schools; reconstruction of the media library; construction of sports facilities to enable all students to practice sports in accordance with regulatory texts; compliance with the hotels’ collective agreement to improve working conditions; decrease in selling prices per m2 for land located in the 50 pas geometric zones, and ‘no’ to expropriation”.