Thursday, July 02, 2020

In yesterday’s press briefing of the Council of Ministers and in a press release released on Wednesday, the cabinet of the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister said that State Secretary Knops behaved in an unbecoming manner in a meeting they had with the State Secretary on the conditions for further liquidity support.

She stated, “As kingdom partners, we should treat each other with mutual respect, and that certainly did not happen during the meeting.”

According to Prime Minister Jacobs, the information submitted on the agenda items was immediately disregarded by State Secretary Knops. Prime Minister Jacobs stated, “It was simply rejected as irrelevant to the discussion or falsehoods in general. While we have communicated our positions and findings openly, honestly, and in a transparent way.

The tone of State Secretary Knops was described to be quite unpleasant during the meeting and State Secretary Knops even ended the virtual meeting prematurely and rather abruptly. Prime Minister Jacobs further stated, “From the beginning, the convening notices for the meetings have not been decent. We received the agenda items too late and without underlying documents or further explanation, even after repeated requests.”

Prime Minister Jacobs has sent a letter concerning these challenges to Prime Minister Mark Rutte and hopes that Prime Minister Rutte will investigate the matter. “I remain ready to continue the conversations with an equal mediator who is open to discussion in a decent manner and who shows respect in the event of disagreements,” concluded Prime Minister Jacobs.

Even though we can sympathize with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance if this behavior of the State Secretary was disrespectful. But rather than lamenting the attitude and the manners of the State Secretary, we want the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers to write to the Kingdom Council of ministers to respect our human rights and the worker’s rights of the people of ST Maarten!

Gross neglect and disrespect for our worker’s rights and our human rights the unions have denounced. Disrespect of the CFT, the State Secretary Knops and of the Kingdom government on the one hand with the racially discriminatory liquidity conditions imposed on the three Caribbean countries in the Kingdom for COVID 19 pandemic disaster support, but also on the other hand disrespect for our worker’s rights and human rights violated by the cost cutting measures Prime Minister Jacobs and the Council of Ministers is implementing and trying to sell to the general public!

Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, if you really want to be together with the unions against the “indecent” colonial Dutch government in this struggle for respect of human rights and worker’s rights,

  • than you have to reverse the cost cutting measures NOW!
  • than you have to dialogue with the united unions NOW on how to improve the status of the worker’s rights and human rights in ST Maarten
  • than you have to address the Kingdom Council of minister NOW by pointing them to the international legislation, State legislation and national legislation which they are violating with all their cost cutting measures and request them to respect these rights by withdrawing their racially discriminatory cost cutting conditions!

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