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  2. yahhhh every one know that corruption it is cement business in st maarten, they talking about corruption betwing the management of telem group with digicel ,they should open an investigation about sarah wescot prime minister and the surinami elma etnel those corrupted people will do anything for money.
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    Monday, April 28, 2014 Philipsburg, St. Maarten-The OSPP is of the opinion that over the years we have seen to many of our workers bite the dust because of poor negotiation and the lack of leadership in mergers and the sale of companies in particular in the private sector.

    One such case is the Pelican saga, that was led by a sitting member of parliament of St. Maarten and to date many of the workers of that company are still suffering. “Companies are closed down and it seems as if the workers are always the one receiving the worst end of the stick” says Lenny Priest Political Leader of the OSPP. Time and time again the workers suffer and we vouched never to allow this to happen to our people as long as we can prevent it.

    Recently there has been much talk in the media regarding the possible merger of Telem N.V. and UTS. It was also stated that a letter of intent was signed between Telem N.V. and UTS. The St. Maarten Communication Union has indicated their displeasure in terms of how things were going with this merger and that they felt that as a union they were kept in the dark. Many unanswered questions remain and neither the Supervisory Board of Telem NV nor management have been coming forth with answers to the many questions and uncertainties that exist in this possible merger, leaving the workers feeling that once again they are going to be the ones left holding the wrong end of the stick.

    In order to avoid the workers being victimized the OSPP has forwarded a letter to the Prime Minister of St. Maarten the Honorable Mrs. Sarah Wescot-Williams, Shareholder Representative of Telem N.V. asking her to shed some light on this letter of intent of a possible merger between Telem N.V. and UTS. We have also asked her to provide the general public with the amount of companies that had shown interest in merging with Telem N.V. a company that is 100% owned by the people of St. Maarten. It is also important to know why our honorable prime minister believes that a merger is necessary. What were the procedures used to select UTS as a partner and if she is aware that according to media reports UTS was in the process of laying off workers in Curacao? The OSPP believes that the Prime Minister should also indicate who the members of the negotiation team are and how were they selected? How much experience do these members have in negotiating mergers with communication companies?

    The OSPP has also questioned the Prime Minister about a report that the St. Maarten government is negotiating to acquire its’ 12% of the shares in UTS by taking over the UTS Eastern Caribbean. Who are the members of the St. Maarten team negotiating to acquire the shares of UTS and if St. Maarten has a member on the Supervisory Board of UTS?

    “It is very ironic, according to Lenny Priest, political leader of the OSPP that an issue like this with so much uncertainties that could affect the lively hood of the workers of Telem N.V. and none of the members of parliament have seen it fitting to call the Prime Minister to parliament in order for her to explain to the people of St. Maarten and the workers of Telem N.V. in particular what is happening at Telem N.V. and a possible merge with UTS. The OSPP is demanding that members of parliament call the Prime Minister to parliament for her to explain what is taking place right now within Telem N.V. and a possible merge with UTS and to acquire information regarding the shares that St. Maarten owns in UTS. Anything less than that would be an indication that parliament has no interest in the workers of Telem N.V. We can then conclude that Pelican, RBC and other workers are still suffering because of the lack of leadership within the government and the parliament of St. Maarten. A change must come and it must come now.


  4. Sarah and Helma made a deal long time ago to sell Telem and run!!
    This was going to be her last deal and that’s why she was ok not being PM.
    Both her and Helma were going to get enough money out of this deal to retired.
    Helma has already send her husband to Suriname to receive the money.
    Today already she is collecting a fee for each consultant that Telem has.

    What about the employees? Do you think they care about the employees?
    They know that Digicel will send more than 60% home, but they didn’t care as long as they get their money.
    Let’s hope someone can still stop these greedy b*t***s and save the job of the local people.


  5. Digicel Guest (Think before you (re)act!)

    There are 4 mobile concessions in the market now. 2 operational (Chippie & Telcell) and 2 will be by next year. Within a year, market share of Telcell will drop from 50% to probably 20%. And due to the popularity of Viber, Skype, Whatsapp voice….BBM voice…. Tango….voice revenues are going down in a rapid pace.

    Telem need to get their act together and try to find a strong strategic partner; a necessity in order to survive. In this case, Telem have the choice to either work WITH Digicel or compete AGAINST them…. But guess what! Telem CAN’T compete against Digicel. They are mobile giants, operating in 31 countries in the Caribbean! 13 million subscribers! 2.8 billion revenues. Telem don’t stand a chance!

    When Digicel entered Jamaica in 2001 they had a market share of 75% in just a year. Incumbent provider C&W were in serious problems and had to lay off hundreds of people. Telem Management, Board, Shareholders rep are doing the right thing. They are fighting for years to SECURE as much as possible jobs. And the best way to do so is to merge with a mobile giant. “If you can’t beat them join them”. Smart move!

    Everyone talks and talks and talks without any understanding of the dynamics of the Telecom market. That’s a pity. The worst thing you can do now, with these two new concessions out there, is to sit back and do nothing. I would consider THAT as bad management.


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