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Lawsuit social minimum

A realistically established social minimum is the foundation on which poverty reduction policies are built. In 2016, both the Senate and the House of Representatives requested that a social minimum be established for Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius, based on the minimum cost of living. There still isn’t. Unkobon now wants to enforce it with a lawsuit.

What is going on?

  • Bonaire (just like Saba and St. Eustatius) has been a municipality of the Netherlands in the Caribbean for 11 years.
  • Yet 40% of the families on Bonaire have been living in poverty all this time. According to the figures established by Statistics Netherlands, people have an income below the subsistence minimum. Poverty has even increased.
  • For the inhabitants of the European part of the Netherlands, the government has established a social minimum (calculated on the basis of the necessary costs of living) on ​​the basis of which minimum wages and social provisions are determined, so that people can be guaranteed livelihood security.
  • However, for the inhabitants of the Caribbean part of the Netherlands, the same government has been refusing to set a social minimum for 11 years that guarantees livelihood. The result is permanent, high poverty among the most vulnerable groups of the population; the elderly, the working poor, families with children, the disabled.
  • The minimum wage on Bonaire is $1045 in 2022, the minimum cost of living for married couples is twice as high!!
  • For more than 11 years now, the Dutch government has refused to treat the inhabitants of Bonaire (and Saba and St. Eustatius) in the same socio-economic terms as the inhabitants of the European Netherlands. It is incomprehensible that the government of the prosperous Netherlands knowingly maintains such unequal treatment!

What’s going to happen?

Unkobon is tired of this unequal treatment! Everything has been tried in recent years to get politicians to do the right thing. But the Dutch government continues to lead the people of the islands on a leash. The States General (1st and 2nd chambers) let the Dutch governments get away with a postponement policy. The new cabinet will also continue with this and will not guarantee adequate livelihood security for the vulnerable citizens on the islands.

At his wits’ end, Unkobon wants to give the Dutch state one more chance to rectify this omission, otherwise ask the court to do so.

It can no longer be like this; the years of poverty for many must be broken! The unequal treatment, the moral injustice and the violation of the constitution and treaty law must stop. Just as for nationals in the European Netherlands, a proper social minimum must be introduced for nationals in the Caribbean part of the Netherlands, and the government must guarantee livelihoods for the vulnerable in society.

Support the consumer association bonaire (unkobon) in its fight for justice on behalf of the people of bonaire!

We want to call the Dutch state to order through legal proceedings. However, such a procedure entails a lot of costs (lawyer costs, legal costs, communication, information), which Unkobon cannot bear alone. So we need your support!

How can you help?

We need $150,000 for this lawsuit. We ask for your support in the form of a financial contribution to pay for the legal proceedings against the Dutch state and the publicity surrounding it.

With your support / donation:

  • You contribute to the cause and justice by putting an end to the unequal treatment of a large group of people in our prosperous Netherlands.
  • You prevent vulnerable people (the elderly, working poor, families with children, disabled people) in the Caribbean part of the Netherlands from having to live in poverty even longer.
  • Let your social heart speak and call the Dutch state to order.
  • We will regularly inform you, our donors, about campaign, lobby and lawsuit by newsletter.
    You can transfer your donation to MCB Bonaire # 400356702 attn. Union di Konsumidó Boneiru, Kaya Korona 30, Bonaire, stating ‘lawcase’ and your email address.

Thank you very much for your contribution!!!