Stivo­ki wor­kers still wit­hout mo­ney

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

The wor­kers at the Foun­da­ti­on for Child­ren (Stivo­ki) still ha­ve not re­cei­ved any mo­ney. They ha­ven’t been paid for their la­bor sin­ce Au­gust. Re­fer­ring to the Sti­ge­su foun­da­ti­on, Rob­by Naaren­dorp, chair­man of the union at the foun­da­ti­on, won­ders if it is the govern­ment’s po­li­cy to clo­se down child­ren’s ho­mes. The Foun­da­ti­on for the Han­di­cap­ped in Su­ri­na­me (Sti­ge­su) ur­gent­ly needs a fi­nan­ci­al in­jec­ti­on from the govern­ment in or­der to stay af­lo­at. Sti­ge­su has not re­cei­ved any sta­te sub­si­dy for the past 2 ye­ars. Mur­win Du­bois, chair­man of the foun­da­ti­on’s board, told Ti­mes of Su­ri­na­me that the board would meet with of­fi­ci­als from the Mi­ni­stry of So­ci­al Af­fairs this week. “It is pos­si­ble that things will be­co­me clear af­ter the mee­ting,” said Du­bois. The union poin­ted out that “feels left out.” Naaren­dorp ma­de it clear that the mi­ni­stry is on­ly tal­king to the foun­da­ti­on’s board. ‘No­bo­dy is saying any­thing. One keeps co­ming across a blind wall.” The wor­kers who stop­ped wor­king over a month ago con­tact the union chair­man eve­ry day be­cau­se the si­tu­a­ti­on has be­co­me un­be­a­ra­ble. When they had not been paid for se­ve­r­al weeks, they de­ci­ded to stop wor­king. Stivo­ki is a child­ren’s ho­me that pro­vi­des shel­ter to child­ren who ha­ve been ne­glec­ted and sexu­al­ly abu­sed. The union ho­pes that its ques­ti­ons will soon be ans­we­red. “Nei­ther the board nor the mi­ni­stry ha­ve said when the wor­kers will re­cei­ve their sa­la­ries and what the fu­tu­re holds in sto­re for them,” said Naaren­dorp.

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