Dear Luis,

I believe I saw it on NoticiaCla, MinPres reported to her interviewer that the Dutch had told her to etch the public sector’s contribution in stone, make solidarity a law, and she said no, Arubans are sensible, they know, they understand, we leave it as a voluntary contribution!

It strikes me as a big mistake.

Because apparently, the public sector’s employees are shameless.

Dear Luis Oduber,

As CEO of WEB Aruba, it is your responsibility to pull your team together, and paint the realistic picture of the world to them.

On which planet are WEB employees living?


Not willing to give 12.5%, when it is an explicit condition to continued Dutch financial support, helping to pay salaries on the island.

Haven’t you noticed that millions and millions and millions of people around the globe have lost their jobs.

Aruba has just little income from tourism since March.

That’s what we export, it’s down 75%.

Are you concerned about your Disney vacation — that company laid 32,000 individuals off — thus the refusal to participate?

Those laid off will have no Christmas.

They will have no Christmas.

Do you know what it means for those people working in stores and/or restaurants making 60% of their salaries? Or 60% of minimum wages.


Aren’t you ashamed to come out saying you are not willing to part with 12.5% of your income?


You are endangering the agreement with the Dutch kingdom, and endangering the next salary subsidy for thousands.

Luis, you should have your people go work at FPNC, the food bank, or deliver meals with the Red Cross, Ajudo pa Aruba, so they can see how many families are suffering.

Stop being such spoiled, bratty crybabies.

Everyone is required to give up a bit.


The pandemic affected us all, why should GOA’s employees think they are exempt?

Luis, leadership is your job, you have to get your people to understand what is happening.

Explain to them they sound like idiots, when the rest of us and the world, are tightening our belt.

ALAS, we are all in this boat together, and the ambtenaren and GOA’s owned entities do not have any MORE rights, than we do.  

Luis, as the saying goes, “the buck stops here”, and that is with you. Pull your people together, and tell them, that what they are saying is an embarrassment to us all. Grow up and wake up.



“There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away…. people can face peril or misfortune with fortitude and buoyancy, but they bitterly resent being deceived or finding that those responsible for their affairs are themselves dwelling in a fool’s paradise.”

Winston S. Churchill, The Second World War, Vol. 3 [1951]

WEB employees are that way because those responsible for the management of our country are themselves dwelling in a fool’s paradise, they do nothing to help us FIX our finances, environment, health and well-being, so they bitterly resent being deceived!


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December 14, 2020
Rona Coster