St. Maarten Carnival cleaner wants her money

POSTED: 07/8/14 3:06 AM

SCDF keeps 60-year old waiting since May 5

St. Maarten – Florentina Segura was happy to get a job again as a cleaning contractor in the Festival village during this year’s Carnival season. But her happiness has soured considerably, because after working sixteen days during the season, from 8 o’clock in the evening until 4 o’clock in the morning, she is still waiting to get paid by the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF).

The 60-year old cleaning lady told this newspaper yesterday – through Yan Black who mediated as her interpreter – that SCDF’s treasurer Fabiana Arnell told her “to go to a lawyer” if she wanted her money. But Segura does not have the resources to pay for a lawyer, so she decided to take her story to the media.

The SCDF was supposed to pay her $60 per day, so the outstanding debt currently stands at $960. “I have been waiting to collect this money since the carnival season ended on May 5,” says Segura who worked as a cleaner for SCDF for the past three years. “There was no problem in 2012 and in 2013. They paid after four weeks, and the rest came after the carnival was finished.”

SCDF-President Mike Granger stated in a reaction that the foundation has “a very good working relationship with its contractors. “This year, however, we have asked our contractors for a little more patience than usual considering government budget cuts and subsequent subsidy cuts of the SCDF. We knew this would negatively affect parts of our operations. We are doing our utmost and we find the situation unfortunate. Rest assured that as soon as we are so far, payments will be made. We thank everyone for their continued patience.”


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