Prepare for a bumpy Monday

You should know, you will probably not be affected, but 13 government employee unions announced a work stoppage for Monday, from 7:30am to 12noon. These are the same 13 unions that had staggered protests on Wednesday of last week.

It is interesting that the private sector endured 40% salary cuts for many months and wouldn’t dream of work stoppages because they value their jobs, they have respect for their employers and they know their place in the economic world-order, unlike the public sector employees that regard their remuneration as a god given right, and the government as a mere dispenser of goods.

Just saying.

Regarding Monday, expect fireworks.

Opposition party Raiz called a PUBLIC parliamentary meeting in an effort to get to the bottom of this mega deal with Eagle LNG, an 85-page document signed already on November 19th, with parliamentary inspection, worth about 1.6 billion over the next 20 years, more than 80 million a year, in gas Aruba committed to purchase from that one obscure source.

The current head of parliament Edgard Vrolijk allowed a meeting, ok, an informative session, where parliamentarians can hardly ask any questions, can hardly debate the minister or the government on decisions taken, but are obliged to just sit there and listen, probably to Glenbert Croes, go on, and on, about his agenda.

Raiz parliamentarian Raymond Kamperveen complained about this disrespectful dismissal of his demands, the meeting he had in mind, an OPEN session, allows for no confidence motions, while the meeting he was awarded is powerless and perfunctory.

It’s a tug of war between outraged and feisty Kamperveen and the protective, dismissive Vrolijk.

We have a crack in the fabric of the coalition, where will it go?

 

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December 11, 2021
Rona Coster