PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – On the 11th January 2019, the unions (NAPB, ABVO,) were invited to a meeting held by the GOA along with the Minister of Justice to discuss the amended Function-book. Several questions were posed to the Minister of Justice which he adequately answered. The result of this meeting was that all the above-mentioned parties had no objections with the amended Function-book.
The chairlady of the GOA then gave a deadline to persons within the GOA to make a letter of approval to the minister of justice by the 28th of January 2019 in order for the Function-book to be approved.
As of this date, this letter has not been given to the Minister of Justice. We are now well within the first quarter of 2019. The time has come for this injustice to come to an end. The wait for the realization of the Function-book will not go on, as the affected civil servants are reaching their limit. The unions are calling on the GOA, to provide the unions with an answer as to why this letter has not been handed to the Minister of Justice. This answer is expected on Friday 22nd February 2019. If a response on this matter is not given, the Unions will have to request an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister, in her capacity as Minister of General Affairs, in order to sit on table to address their concern.
The Unions would like to know what is the hold up and when the people them who are not adhering to their duty and task will be held accountable for their shortcomings.
We of the Unions also encourage parties in question to keep to a covenant sign in 2016 by then minister of justice, the GOA and the Unions.