PM Jacobs: “Unions should be more reasonable”

PM Silveria Jacobs National Address - March14 2020

PHILIPSBURG – The government’s decision to accept the kingdom’s conditions for liquidity support is not going down well with civil servant and their unions. That much is clear from the meeting the unions organized at the Little League Ball Park on Monday. Illegal workers and the lack of cost of living adjustments in the face of rising prices More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, May 22nd, 2020
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No protection for civil servants against lower salaries

PHILIPSBURG – Now that the government has accepted the Kingdom’s conditions for liquidity support, the salaries of civil servants and politicians are up for review: a 25 percent cut in the remuneration of politicians More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
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Collective lowering of salaries is not that simple

By Hilbert Haar PHILIPSBURG – The kingdom’s demand that the government lowers the salaries of civil servants by 12.5 percent (as a condition for providing liquidity support) promises to result in a heated debate. More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, May 18th, 2020
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State of emergency continues but businesses gradually reopen

PHILIPSBURG – Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs has extended the state of emergency by six weeks by ministerial decree. The six week period ends on June 21. Citizens are allowed to go shopping only on weekdays between More...

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By The Publisher On Sunday, May 17th, 2020
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Brutal package of conditions leaves government little choice

PHILIPSBURG – The Kingdom Council of Ministers had presented a brutal package of conditions for the release of continued liquidity support. Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs has labeled these conditions as an ‘indecent More...

Claire Elshot-Aventurin
By The Publisher On Saturday, May 9th, 2020
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Elshot: government wants to cut vacation allowance for civil servants

PHILIPSBURG – Cutting the vacation allowance for all civil servants who earn more than 4,000 guilders a month, a ten percent salary cut for those who earn more than 8,000 guilders, a freeze on bonuses and increments. More...

Salaries
By The Publisher On Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Salaries for ministers unchanged in 2020 draft budget

PHILIPSBURG – The draft 2020 budget does not contain any indication that ministers and parliamentarians will take a ten percent salary cut. On the contrary, the listed salaries for all ministers – with the More...

BTP building
By The Publisher On Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Government intends to buy BTP-building for $4.7 million dollars

PHILIPSBURG – The draft 2020 budget contains a remarkable line item that reveals the government’s intention to purchase the building of Bureau Telecommunication and Post on Cannegieter Street for 8 million guilders More...

Government Building Closed - 20200224 JH
By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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Draft 2020 budget meets with criticism

PHILIPSBURG – The draft 2020 budget closes with a deficit of 263.2 million guilders ($147 million). Expenditures total 610.5 million and revenue 347.3 million. The Council of Advice is critical of the budget: More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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In memory of the late Louis Duzanson

“IN MEMORY OF THE LATE MR. LOUIS DUZANSON” PHILIPSBURG — Gracita Arrindell, former President of Parliament states that, “it is with deep sorrow we mourn the passing of our former colleague, the late More...