Curacao General Strike Ends in Accord

WILLEMSTAD—Thursday’s the general strike of labour unions in Curaçao ended in the evening after agreement was reached during an urgent meeting between government and the social partners.

WILLEMSTAD—Thursday’s the general strike of labour unions in Curaçao ended in the evening after agreement was reached during an urgent meeting between government and the social partners.
The island’s employers represented by business association VBC pledged 1.8 million Antillean guilders to bridge the remaining gap between contractors’ association AAV and the SGTK union representing their workers at the Isla oil refinery. Parties had already agreed on a two-year Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) with annual pay raises of 6 and 3 per cent, but the SGTK wanted a lump sum of NAf 3,000 per person for the last two years without a new CLA, while AAV would give only NAf 500.

Exactly how the private sector came up with the money to cover the balance was not immediately clear, but the funds were to be transferred to the union’s lawyer today, Friday. SGTK was to hold a general meeting this afternoon on arranging the payments.

Earlier a judge had rejected the petition by AAV to order the SGTK union to end the strike of its members that lasted almost three weeks. The court ruled that the strike was not unlawful in light of the dispute related to the CLA.

The verdict did not concern the general strike by 23 unions gathered at seven locations.

There was also another injunction filed by Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP) against civil servant union ABVO asking to forbid a strike because CAP was not a party in any labour conflict. However, ABVO said it had not called its members at the airport to join the strike or at least not intended to so do and CAP was operating normally, so the judge dismissed the case

A third summary proceeding of the unions against the island-wide ban by Justice Minister Nelson Navarro on crowds with the goal to demonstrate was held pending a meeting called by government, which led to an agreement and ended the strike. The public order decree was subsequently withdrawn.

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curacao strike

Navarro, Prime Minister Ben Whiteman, Finance Minister Jose Jardim and Labour Minister Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia represented government during the meeting at Kura Hulanda that led to a solution.

In addition to the SGTK issue and Navarro’s public order decree, the general strike was aimed at a law unanimously passed by Parliament to regulate all government-owned companies, foundations and other entities, whereby the freedom to negotiate employment conditions with the unions would allegedly be restricted.

The PS/PAIS/PAR/PNP/Sulvaran coalition leaders in Parliament held a press conference during which they announced that the national ordinance not yet signed into law should be discussed with experts of the unions and re-evaluated if necessary. They asked the Council of Ministers to work in that direction.

During the meeting a newer version of the draft ordinance with several modifications was presented and parties agreed to have a dialogue on the matter and address the concerns before it is signed into law.

Source: The Daily Herald

 

Dutch Sint Maarten Police Seeking Assistance in “Copper” Murder Case

The police department is again reaching out to the public for their assistance in the ongoing “Copper” investigation.

Police Department seeks help from community in the “Copper” murder case

The police department is again reaching out to the public for their assistance in the ongoing “Copper” investigation.

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This investigation is regarding the shooting of the man known as Jimenez in Sucker garden on January 25th 2016. The victim Jimenez lost his life as a result of this shooting.

This case is still under investigation and the police needs more information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. A plea for the assistance from the public has been prepared in the English and Spanish language.
English:

The police force of Sint Maarten is requesting the assistance form the public to help solve the shooting incident which took place on January 25th 2016 in Sucker Garden whereby the man Jimenez, a Dominican national, was gunned down by an unknown assailant(s).

Anyone who may have information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) can call the anonymous tip line number of the police department. The number is #9300. If you prefer to use a direct line please call 54-22222 ext. 106 . Your cooperation is highly appreciated.

Spanish:
El cuerpo policial de Sint Maarten esta pidiendo la asistencia de la comunidad encuanto el assesinato del 25 de enero 2016, en Sucker Garden, en qual el senor Jimenez de la Republica Dominicana fue abatido a tiros.

Personas que tienen alguna informacion sobre este assesinato pueden llamar el numero anonimo del departamento de la policia #9300. Si desean usar la linea directo pueden llamar al numero 54-22222 ext 106. Tu cooperacion va a ser muy apreciada.

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Bon Trabou di Polis! Good Job by the Curacao Police in Massive Drug Bust.

7 Arma i 184 kilo cocaina, 11 kilo mariwana i 18.000 florin konfiská awe !

7 Weapons plus 184 Kilos of cocaine, 11 Kilos Marijuana and fls/naf 18.000 Guilders confiscated today!

Bon trabou di polis ! Great Job By Curacao Police in Drug Bust

Curacao Polis Drug Bust
Curacao Police Drug Bust

7 Arma i 184 kilo cocaina, 11 kilo mariwana i 18.000 florin konfiská awe !

7 Weapons plus 184 Kilos of cocaine, 11 Kilos Marijuana and fls/naf 18.000 Guilders confiscated today!
Djamars den oranan di mardugá un unidat polisial ku tabata kore riba Schottegatweg-Noord a tuma nota di dos vehíkulo sospechoso i a duna e shofùrnan òrdu pa para. E shofùrnan no a duna oido na esaki i inmediatamente a kuminsá un persekushon i ku yudansa di un otro unidat a logra para un di e vehíkulonan aki riba e krusada Schottegatweg-Noord/Suffisantweg.
Durante di kontrol riba e vehíkulo aki, a bin topa den e outo aki:
1 shotgun; 6 pistol; Un kantidat grandi di munishon; 184 kilo di kokaina i 11 kilo di mariwana.
Na e sitio a detené alrededor di 01.35’or, e hòmbernan L.M.Q.Y di 16 aña i B.G.Y. di 19 aña, ámbos nase na Kòrsou.
E otro vehíkulo a sigui kore bai i den besindario di Bullenbaai e okupantenan a baha bai, drenta mondi i los algun tiru riba polis.
Kontinuando ku e investigashon a tene un entrada hudisial na diferente adrès i a konfiská 18 mil florin na plaka kèsh. A konfiská mas leu tur droga, arma i e dos vehíkulonan. Investigashon den e kaso aki ta kontinuá

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150 Photos Dutch Sint Maarten Parliament Opening 2016-2017

His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday give his annual address to the people of Sint Maarten. In attendance were the Council of Ministers, Members of Parliament and other invited guests

150 photos dutch sint maarten parliament opening 2016-2017


His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday give his annual address to the people of Sint Maarten. In attendance were the Council of Ministers, Members of Parliament and other invited guests.

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Dutch Sint Maarten Acquittal for Masbangu suspects

Dutch Sint Maarten Acquittal for Masbangu suspects. The Court of First Instance of St. Maarten on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 acquitted the four suspects in the Masbangu investigation of all the charges of vote buying.

Acquittal for Masbangu suspects

Acquittal for Masbangu suspects
Acquittal for Masbangu suspects

The Court of First Instance of St. Maarten on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 acquitted the four suspects in the Masbangu investigation of all the charges of vote buying. The prosecutor’s Office had asked for a three (3) months jail sentence fully suspended, 200 hours of community service and deprivation of the to vote as well the right to be elected for R.H. (62). Against the suspects R.C.H.J. and A.R.W.M. the Prosecutor’s Office had asked for a jail sentence of three (3) months fully suspended, 150 hours of community service and deprivation of the right to vote while for C.J.L.C. the Prosecutor’s Office asked for a jail sentence of three (3) months fully suspended, 180 hours of community service and deprivation of the right to vote. The Prosecutor in charge of the Masbangu investigation is currently off island. Upon his return a decision will be taken about a possible appeal against the court verdicts.

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