Pantophlet curious about income of short term contract signatories

POSTED: 07/12/12 12:06 PM

St. Maarten – National Alliance Member of Parliament George Pantophlet considers getting advice from the Socio-Economic Council (Ser) on the faction’s initiative law dealing with the abuse of short term labor contracts a “welcome procedural matter.” He’s also suggested a survey be done amongst people who have been signing short term labor contracts for five, ten and fifteen years to find out how they’ve fared financially.
Pantophlet’s statement and suggestion are part of a release largely aimed at asking people “not to miss the party’s point – ending the abuse of the short term labor contracts.
“What we want to deal with is the abuse. We understand the importance of businesses cutting costs but on the other hand (they are) creating poverty with these practices. When persons are given a short term contract and sent home for months, their house rent and related cost of living expenditures are not suspended for the period they are unemployed. And their meager salary does not allow them the opportunity to save as the cost of living is going through the roof,” Pantophlet said.
The National Alliance MP also stressed the need for government to do something about the abuse of short term labor contracts.
“It is often said that government should not get involve in these matters but unfortunately there are those who will abuse the system and this can and is becoming a social problem. There are jobs that require short term contracts because of their seasonal nature and there are those of a permanent nature. We don’t need to have jobs that are of a permanent nature where every employee is on a contract,” Pantophlet said.
The MP also said that casinos, hotels and restaurants should ensure that the service charges are paid to their employees.
“Those that are permanent and those that are on a short term contract this might be able to carry them through the slow season especially when their working days and hours are reduced,” Pantophlet said.

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