What is reasonable?

Hilbert Haar

By Hilbert Haar Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs has appealed to labor unions to be more reasonable in their approach to the government since it has become clear that said unions are squarely opposed to the looming 12.5 percent salary cut for civil servants. It is, to phrase this carefully, at best a rather volatile situation. The government has made More...

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Opinion - St Maarten News
By The Publisher On Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Under duress

By Hilbert Haar Motions are the political banana peel of the political arena. In St. Maarten they seldom result in the desired action expressed in a motion and only in extreme cases (like with a motion of no confidence) More...

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By The Publisher On Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

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

Cost-cutting counter-proposal unions vague

~ Unions need to present a more detailed explanation to substantiate their 100-million guilders cost savings claim ~ By Hilbert Haar How realistic are the cost-cutting proposals the unions submitted to the government? More...

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By The Publisher On Sunday, May 17th, 2020

An unthinkable scenario

By Hilbert Haar The conditions attached to the provision of continued liquidity support have put the government in a rather awkward position. Demanding a 25 percent salary cut for ministers and parliamentarians More...

Central Bank of Curacao & St. Maarten CBCS
By The Publisher On Saturday, May 16th, 2020

Time to split up the monetary union of Curacao & St. Maarten?

~ Is it a good time now to take up the 2013 SER advice to split up the monetary union between Curacao and St. Maarten? ~ By Hilbert Haar The conditions the Kingdom wants to impose on Curacao for more liquidity More...

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By The Publisher On Saturday, May 16th, 2020

Stand by your man

By Hilbert Haar The verdict is in and former parliamentarian Theo Heyliger is facing a 5-year prison sentence for accepting bribes and for money laundering. It is a given that Heyliger will appeal the verdict; More...

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By The Publisher On Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Outside St. Maarten

By Hilbert Haar It’s been two years since I left St. Maarten. Yeah, I left because I never wanted to experience another hurricane again, so if you want to interpret that as a lack of stamina that’s just fine More...

People in Solidarity
By The Publisher On Sunday, April 12th, 2020

A People In Solidarity – Part 2

All over the world this pandemic is showing the inequalities present in communities; social and economic inequalities. It is also exposing governments and leaders and quickly separating the wheat from the chaff. More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, April 10th, 2020

Fooling the people

By Hilbert Haar Let’s have a closer look at our government’s solidarity initiative of and in particular at the decision to cut the salaries of ministers and members of parliament. Based on a letter from the More...