~Says union leader ~
PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Communications Union (SMCU) is concerned about what it refers to as the constant “war” between water and light company GEBE’s management team supervisory board of directors.
The union is calling on Government to intervene so that the communication between the supervisory board and management team can improve.
GEBE management and board could not be reached for comment on the matter Sunday.
SMCU President Ludson Evers told The Daily Herald it appears as though the supervisory board contests and rejects every decision taken by the company’s management team. Evers said this constant butting of heads is negatively affecting the utilities company and its employees.
“The problem in GEBE, for us as the union, is that the supervisory board of directors and the managing board are constantly clashing, and if Government doesn’t pay attention to what is happening between the managing board and the supervisory board of directors then something serious will happen with this company,” Evers said.
“The supervisory board and management are constantly at war with each other … and it is unfortunate that we have our own local people in positions and they cannot work with each other.”
According to the union president, one of the things affected by the clash between management and the board is that six months after Hurricane Irma, GEBE still hasn’t relocated to a location to properly accommodate its many employees and thousands of clients.
The company’s main building on Walter Nisbeth Road was destroyed during Hurricane Irma, and Evers said the damaged building remains the same. “The managing board was looking at locations to place certain offices and wanted to open cashier offices elsewhere, but the internal fighting between the supervisory board and managing board is stalling everything.”
Evers said the supervisory board is “meddling” in decisions taken by management. “When the managing board wants to make a decision, it is not approved by the supervisory board and that’s why since Irma, they haven’t made any moves, not even to accommodate the public in a good way – it’s just because of that internal fighting. … They have to start working together,” Evers stressed.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/74523-war-between-gebe-board-and-management-affecting-company