PHILIPSBURG—Princess Juliana International Airport PJIA Chief Executive Officer Brian Mingo may again find himself in "hot water" if the allegations of him threatening to fire Airport staff for conversing with Members of Parliament prove true.
Faction Leader for the United People's Party in Parliament, the Honourable Grisha Heyliger-Marten, dispatched an urgent letter to the caretaker Minister of TEATT (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport & Telecommunication) on Monday requesting an investigation into allegations.
It appears that Mingo had ordered camera footage of the MP as she was departing St. Maarten via PJIAE to determine who she was speaking to, so he could begin the process for their dismissal.
The letter states; I have been informed by several employees of PJIAE that the CEO of PJIAE ordered the security department to provide him with surveillance camera footage of my person having conversations with employees of PJIAE upon my departure from the island on the afternoon of May 18th, 2021. According to said employees, the CEO of PJIAE considered my conversations with the staff as illegal meetings and said the employees involved would be fired.
Reports indicate that Mingo has also sent an email to the Supervisory Board of the Airport Operating Company. He names MP Heyliger-Marten as a conspirator in the unrest presently taking place at PJIAE. Since Mingo was vindicated by the Court of First Instance, who gave him back his position after being unceremoniously dismissed, Airport staff have been openly critical of that decision.
Before his ousting, Mingo was the centre of a protest march to the Government Administration Building in Philipsburg. The protest was a call for the urgent removal of Mingo from the CEO position. Some of the allegations against him by the staff include impeding the growth and reconstruction of the hurricane-damaged Airport Building. He was also considered unfit to manage as a CEO as he did not respect the team.
In her letter, Heyliger-Marten pointed out that as a Member of Parliament, she routinely speaks to citizens of St. Maarten on a wide range of issues affecting them. She also said that if the allegations of Mingo's actions are true, then it raises concerns over her rights to privacy since if Mingo ordered security to produce camera footage of the MP as she was leaving the island.
In summing up her letter to the TEATT Minister, Heyliger-Marten requested that the Minister investigates the legitimacy of the employees' claims and report back to parliament, post haste. "Depending on the findings of such an investigation, I would determine whether legal or other actions are necessary," stated Heyliger-Marten.