Published On: Fri, Mar 1st, 2019

CCSU gives positive advice on the police function book

Police Station Philipsburg

Thursday February 28th 2019 ~

Philipsburg– On Friday, February 22nd 2019, the Committee of Civil Servants Unions (CCSU), formally known as the GOA submitted a positive advice on the police function book to the honorable Minister of Justice, Mr. Cornelius de Weever.

The CCSU held a meeting between its members and the Minister of Justice on Friday, January 11th 2019. The purpose of that meeting was to discuss the function descriptions and function evaluations for primarily the Immigration submitted by Minister De Weever. The CCSU invited the NAPB and the ABVO to take part in the meeting in the capacity of observers as both unions represent the majority of unionized members within the Justice Ministry and are currently not represented in the CCSU due to insufficient membership.

On Thursday January 17th 2019, the CCSU received the complete set of documents to review from the Minister of Justice. The CCSU has up to 6 weeks to provide feedback on matters related to the function book (once all relevant documents have been submitted). In its advice submitted to the Minister last week Friday, before the deadline of Thursday February 28th 2019, the CCSU informed the Minister that they saw no reason for the establishment of the function book to be further delayed, as the approval of this document would solve many of the personnel challenges the police has been facing since 10/10/10.

Where it pertains to the legal position of the Police, the members expressed some concerns. The members informed the Minister that it was unclear to the CCSU in which stadium of the legislative process the documents found themselves in and therefore reserve the right to review and provide a new advice on any amended or new version of the draft function book for the police. The members of the CCSU considers this important to ensure that the rights of the persons affected by these documents and which the members represent, are secured.