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Industrial Action Curaçao Leads to Empty Shelves in Bonaire; Judge Intervenes

Empty shelves can be seen in various supermarkets on Bonaire, after containers get stuck in Curaçao due to striking Custom Officers.

Kralendijk- Bonaire is hit by a double whammy with the Venezuelan border closure as well as striking Custom Officers in Curaçao.

Although Bonaire since October 2010 is no longer part of The Netherlands Antilles, most containers out of the U.S. are still shipped through the Curacao harbor. As Curaçao Government workers staged an industrial action last week, over disagreements with the island’s government, many government services have come to a virtual standstill.

In the meantime, Government in Curaçao yesterday morning won a court case against striking workers. The judge ordered the Government Employees to resume work within 2 hours of the verdict given in the late afternoon and also ordered parties (Government and the Unions), to resume talks no later than February 28, 2019.


Government employees are disgruntled about a number of issues. First and foremost, they did not receive their yearly increment as of yet. Apart from that, most Unions are also in disagreement with the role of Curaçao as humanitarian aid for Venezuela.

Now that the Judge has ruled the strikes as illegal, the situation with containers stuck in Curacaçao will most probably be solved in a matter of days.

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