SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday, June 19, 2020 the United St. Maarten Party (USP) Member of Parliament (MP) Claudius Buncamper sent a letter to the Minister of TEATT, (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Telecommunications and Transportation) Rudmila de Weever, and the Minister of VSA (Public Health, Labor and Social Affairs) Richard Panneflek, requesting clarification on information obtained regarding salaries of the workers at the Towers of Mullet Bay, MP Buncamper said in a press statement on Friday.
MP Buncamper mentioned in his letters to the ministers that the information obtained concerns, among other matters, the salaries of the workers of the Towers at Mullet Bay which had been cut by 50% since March 2020 and claims by a particular timeshare owner that part of the maintenance fees is used for insuring the property, while no insurance pay-outs were made after the property was damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.
The MP also queried whether the company had requested financial payroll assistance through the SSRP plan and if this request was granted. He further inquired about the policy applied by the management of the Towers at Mullet Bay to decrease the workers’ salary by 50%.
“After the passing of the two hurricanes in 2017 the workers were paid their full salaries up to February 2020”, the MP noted and wondered “So, what is the reason for the sudden change in March 2020?”
Based on the contents of a letter sent to one of the local newspapers by a timeshare owner, the MP questioned the minister of TEATT on the legality of the Towers at Mullet Bay operating as a hotel in addition to a timeshare property.
MP Buncamper said that he will await the ministers’ response before addressing other similar matters that also have his attention.