More than 4.000 partially unemployed employees in Saint-Martin and St-Barth!


The Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe indicated, the day before yesterday, that some 4.000 employees were on partial unemployment in Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy after Hurricane Irma.

More than 4.000 employees benefit from the partial unemployment scheme in Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy following hurricane Irma which ravaged the two islands, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced to the senators last Tuesday during the questions to the government.

A modified partial unemployment scheme

Questioned by the senator, Guillaume Arnell on the need for "faster actions" for reconstruction and for "strong gestures towards the economic world", the Prime Minister indicated that these employees benefited from a "modified" partial unemployment scheme compared to what is traditional in this area, to take into account the specificity of the employees on site ", without further details.

Moratorium for businesses

The government has also put in place for businesses "a moratorium on tax and social matters to prevent the productive system of the two islands from finding itself in too painful a situation," he said.

The government has also "mobilized the banking network so that the cash lines of businesses are not cut," added the head of government. “Shops and services have started to function again, commercial air and sea links have resumed”, and “electricity and telecommunications networks (…) have been repaired, not completely but at a faster rate than we feared” , he said. _AF

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