Published On: Mon, Nov 27th, 2017

Post Office workers marched to Government Administration Building

PHILIPSBURG – Employees of the Post Office marched to the government administration building on Monday morning in an attempt to get government support for the payment of their November salaries.

The chairman of the board, Stuart Johnson, manager Antonia Wilson and the President of the St. Maarten Communication Union, Ludson Evers, did not get an immediate audience with interim Prime Minister Rafael Boasman, because he was in talks with the Dutch State Secretary Raymond Knops.

Ludson Evers with Antonia Wilson and Stuart Johnson representing post office workers

Photo caption: Ludson Evers (center) on the phone with a representative of Prime Minister Boasman’s office. Left is Antonia Wilson, right Stuart Johnson. Photo by Hilbert Haar.

Boasman, a former unionist who is now the shareholder representative for the embattled postal services as interim minister of General Affairs, agreed however to meet the delegation later today.

Johnson said that the postal services are unable to pay the November salaries because the bank does not allow an overdraft. The bank withdrew this facility after Hurricane Irma destroyed the postal services’ only meaningful asset, its main building on the Pondfill.

If the salaries are not forthcoming, employees will not come to work anymore and the post office will have to close, unionist Ludson Evers said.

Stay tuned as stmaartennews.com brings you more news and developments at the PSS post office situation.

See update at: https://stmaartennews.com/business/post-office-closes-salaries-remain-unpaid/