PHILIPSBURG:--- USP MP Claudius Buncamper requested an urgent meeting of Parliament where he is calling the Minister of VSA Richard Panneflek. MP Buncamper expressed his concerns via letter to the Minister regarding the requests for mass layoffs.
The request submitted by the USP faction is supported by the PFP faction MPs Mellissa Gumbs, and Raehyon Peterson along with National Alliance MP Christopher Emmanuel.
The letter sent to the chair of parliament below.
Dear Chairman of Parliament,
I am hereby requesting an urgent meeting of parliament with the following agenda points:
• State of affairs from the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA)
with regards to the mass illegal labor dismissals in connection with COVID-19.
• Elucidation on food packages distributed thus far to persons by the Government.
Many employees have received termination letters from their employers since the beginning of this pandemic. These companies have not followed the legal route regarding dismissals, which is to file for permission to terminate the labor agreement at the Labour Department and to follow all procedures stipulated by law. As the government is putting together a stimulus package in efforts to help with the negative impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, such action by these employers is deemed premature. The Minister of VSA is hereby requested to provide members of parliament with a complete state of affairs regarding these illegal labor dismissals.
Furthermore, many persons are now no longer gainfully employed and as such, together with persons who already were in need, no longer have had the means to purchase groceries before the mandatory lockdown, resulting in an outcry to the government for aid. The government responded by making food packages available to persons who applied for aid. More than 9000 persons have reportedly applied for the packages.
The Minister of VSA is hereby requested to provide elucidation on the distribution of before mentioned food packages.
MP Claudius Buncamper
MP Akeem Arrindell __________________________________
MP Melissa Gumbs __________________________________
MP Raeyhon Peterson __________________________________
MP Christophe Emmanuel __________________________________