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St. Maarten government taking steps to alleviate pensioners’ burden

MONDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2012

PHILIPSBURG–Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams says government is taking steps to reduce the financial burden on pensioners.

She made the comments during a ceremony at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel over the weekend to celebrate the commitment of long-time civil servants and pensioners to government.

In a press release on Sunday, Wescot-Williams was quoted as saying, “Government is taking significant steps to alleviate the financial burden placed on pensioners, especially concerning the increase in the cost of living.

“When I go into a supermarket and realise the high prices, I ask myself what about those who rely on a fixed pension? That is why government continues to work hard at changing the law to change the indexation in addition to increasing the pension amount. We are also contemplating what we can do about the high cost of living, which is affecting all of us in the community.”

Wescot-Williams also spoke about initiatives on which she is working, such as time off for civil servants to spend time with their children in school or on an educational project, and the extension of maternity leave.

“I want to place the focus on government as a present and future employer. We often talk about the civil service, but we should also focus on Government as a caring employer as well. So we will use this as a recurring theme in the future: ‘What are we doing for our workers, both current and former?'” she said.

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