Published On: Thu, May 28th, 2020

Open Letter: “Reasonable Offer”

Letter - St Maarten News - PeopleDear Honorable Minister Ardwell Irion,

We are a group of concerned teachers who have taken note of the proposed cuts by the government. While everyone would love for our finances to be stable, we acknowledge the limitations of our coffers.

Therefore, it is reasonable to accept our current salaries as we move forward and half of our vacation pay for 2020 and 2021. Additionally, we would like to propose that the vacation pay be reimbursed in the year 2022 by 200%. Of course, we are hoping that these cuts will be in collaboration with the other operational and material cuts of government, which was part of the cost-cutting conditions.

We, the teachers are in solidarity with the whole island of Sint Maarten during yet another trying time. Since this pandemic became the reality, every parent has had to acknowledge our strengths as we both in-person and online functioned as teachers, counselors, mentors, advocates, and the list goes on.

The Windward Island Teachers Union represents a body 200+ teachers and has done a great job. However, while the Windward Island Teachers Union (W.I.T.U) is a respected organization, they do not speak for the entire population of teachers.

We hope to have informed you sufficiently as we move forward,

Regards,

Franklin Jefferson
Group of concerned teachers

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