PHILIPSBURG–Windward Island Chamber of Labour Unions (WICLU) is calling on all workers in the country as well as the public to support and participate in the “SXM Worker Strong” Solidarity March that will be held this Friday, December 15, from 2:00 to 4:00pm. For the march, workers and the public will depart from the WIFOL Building on Walter Nisbeth Road (Pondfill), head to Sundial School and then back to the WIFOL Building. Following the Solidarity March, there will be a “manifestation” at WIFOL Building, where words of encouragement and speeches will be given by various trade union leaders, members and supporters.
The focus of the march will be to underscore the “important contribution” of workers in rebuilding St. Maarten’s economy before, during and after Hurricane Irma. The march is also intended to draw attention to “the constant violation of workers’ rights” such as non-payment of salaries, intimidation, exploitation, unlawful work reductions and dismissals post-Hurricane Irma.
WICLU said “urgent action is needed to improve and protect the rights of St. Maarten workers.” The march is being labelled as “SXM Workers Strong: A call to action.”