From left: SER Secretary-General Gerard Richardson and CCSU Secretary-General Suenah Laville-Martes.
HARBORVIEW--In its efforts to strengthen the working relationship with other government entities, on Tuesday, August 13, an introductory meeting was held between the Secretaries-Generals (SGs) of the Social Economic Council SER and the Committee of Civil Servant Unions (CCSU).
The purpose of the introductory meeting with CCSU was to explore possible future collaboration on important socio-economic matters, it was stated in a joint press release by the two groups.
CCSU expressed its willingness to collaborate with SER on legislation that has an effect on government employees, such as the pending pension reform legislation for civil servants.
After the meeting, SER SG Gerard Richardson expressed his understanding of the challenges that an organisation such as CCSU faces in the process of properly establishing itself as a professional and respectable organisation in government and the public sector.
SER said, “The institution can relate to the current challenges CCSU is facing with reference to the process of acquiring office supplies to be able to execute its tasks in a more efficient manner.”
It is for this reason that the SER donated several items to the CCSU such as a desktop computer, laptop, printer and other important office supplies. Many of these items were purchased by SER during its start-up phase in 2011, which was carried out through the former Dutch funding agency USONA (“Uitvoeringsorganisatie Stichting Ontwikkeling Nederlandse Antillen”).
CCSU thanked SER for “this much-needed assistance,” which will help CCSU to continue to play its critical role in safeguarding the rights of civil servants and serve as “a competent stakeholder” to the Ministers of General Affairs, Justice and other ministries.