PHILIPSBURG–The various unions representing members of the disciplined services and the umbrella body for unions in the country outlined their grievances to Justice Minister Rafael Boasman during a meeting with the Minister on Wednesday, June 14.
During the meeting, the Minister requested details of the accusations that the unions had levelled at him during a press conference hosted by the unions days earlier.
The unions presented a number of issues they wanted to discuss with the Minister, amongst which were the completion of the Function Book, the reason why the Simpson Bay Police Substation remains closed, the 16.3 per cent subsidy incorporated in the salaries and the Justice Academy.
In an invited comment on the meeting, Public Relations Officer for the Ministry Fernando Clark said the recruitment and selection committee was also a point of discussion during the meeting. “The union expressed their desires to have each union represented on the selection committee, while it was later agreed that one representative and a substitute will represent the unions on the selection committee,” Clark said.
“The Minister addressed the unions’ concerns and gave detailed explanations to the points brought forward. The union representatives considered the meeting to be open, frank and informative and expressed their willingness to cooperate with the Minister to resolve the pending issues,” Clark said.
During the meeting it was agreed that the Minister and unions will meet every two months to discuss and iron out pending matters of concern, Clark said.
Attending the meeting, which was held in the conference room at the immigration office on the A.Th. Illidge Road, were representatives of the NAPB police union, the ABVO St. Maarten Union, Windward Islands Civil Servants/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) and the Windward Islands Chamber of Labour Unions (WICLU). There were also two representatives of the Minister’s Cabinet at the meeting.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/66981-unions-outline-grievances-in-meeting-with-boasman