Where is your sense of URGENCY??

GOA: Thank you for your salary cuts. About 15%. Similar to POR’s suggestion, and you wasted a full day of press articles and picture opportunities to trash it.

BUT, you said nothing about Setar, Arugas, WEB, Post Aruba, Arubus, Serlimar, Elmar and all related companies.

These all get about 17 salaries and year, and must contribute at a reasonable level, because the private sector paid their salaries all these years, now those with guaranteed employment must support the private sector.

Follow the Dutch example, with a slash of salaries across the board. This MUST happen here too.

You also wasted another full day of press articles and picture opportunities – costing 1.5 million florins a day — to show us how well you take care of yourself, assuring your source of income is protected.

What about the other 25.000

Open your eyes: All employees got cut, no time for discussion, and GOA treats itself with silk gloves.

You must help employers, help their employees.

So far all MinFec has done is reward the deadbeats, those who haven’t paid their taxes now get a 75% discount. That pisses me off, because I am paid up.  Do I now get a refund??

You are doing everything backwards.

You should reward the ones who comply, not the ones who ignore you.

MINPREs: This is you time to eliminate GOA’s waste, reduce the expense level, no one will blame you, under the crisis protection you have an opportunity to tackle core issues, and while we are grateful you took a pay cut, it will not save us, we need BIG PICTURE changes.

Hurry up with measures that help our people, so employers may put money in the pockets of workers.

In the Netherlands if your company depends 100% on tourism, the government will help pay 90% of employee salaries. The Dutch do that too for the BES islands, Bonaire for example, at 80%.

What will they help us with?

They made it clear, there are NO GIFTS. We must become lean and mean. And CFT will provide instructions how to wash this piglet.

QUESTION: Is Aruba working on a similar package now that local companies in tourism have no income and cannot pay?

You came up with a 12% or 15% discount for your salaries, that’s IT????


You now have to get a loan from the Netherlands, at a reduced rate, hopefully, maybe they will forgive some down the road, and use this money to support EMPLOYERS to help pay their employees.

The way GOA structured it, the Awg 950 will incentivizes employees to stay home, unemployed.

GOTTA support your business community because they in turn will support your people. Incentivize business people to keep their employees.

And I know, the BUSINESS COMMUNITY is working, busting its balls, to try keep heads above water, managers cut salaries up to 50%, owners down to zero, to try keep 100% of the work force.

We hear that Curacao started a Think Tank of two dozen people, ministers, the Central Bank, movers and shakers from the private sector, big business people, all coming together to forge a plan.

Is Aruba?

If you are, please share.

Why not do exactly what the Netherlands is doing and what it recommends for the BES islands.

Why come up with something new that makes no sense??

Of course if we weren’t so wasteful over the past thirty years we could have withstood the storm, GOA was told to reduce and conserve, but it held up its middle finger, but never mind that. Forget the wastefulness.  

The MINPRES finally has a chance/excuse to deal with the crisis and political rivals will not be able to blame her. MINPRES: Make the hard decisions, take a good look at how GOA operates. Step up to the plate to help employees/workers through the companies/employers.

Don’t waste time on press releases and picture opportunities.

We are running out of time.




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