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Jan 6, 2015

What’s the Fate of BML Employees?

The employment of sanitation workers by Mayor Darrel Bradley has been prickly issue. But tonight, after months of discussions with Belize Maintenance Limited and the Christian Workers Union, a total of one hundred and fifty-eight sanitation workers will be absorbed as full time employees at City Hall. Effective the sixteenth of January , the workers will be brought on board under a management operation in which they will be placed primarily in two departments headed by CEMO’s Wayne Usher and CitCo Sanitation Manager, Percival Murillo. According to Mayor Darrell Bradley, the council needs only one hundred and ten workers and while he maintained that this move is unsustainable, the mayor is likely factoring in the upcoming municipal elections. But not all will be employed for sanitation, some will be street sweepers and others will work in drainage, and some will work as security and traffic officers.

 

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

Darrell Bradley

“We are scheduling an orientation for them which is the sixteenth. As I mentioned we are already in communication with the managers and the owner of hat company Mister Larry Ellis who is cooperating with us quite fully in relation to providing information to assist with the transition. We are also working internally with the Belize City Council to ensure that we have our management operation in place to deal with them as they come onboard and we are also making sure that the workers themselves through cooperation with their union understand exactly what is happening; that there is no fear that anyone will lose their jobs and that everyone know that they will come on board and everyone knows what is expected of them. By way of the management apparatus, what the city council has determined to do is to actually divide our management capabilities into two. Previously we had had one sanitation department, which comes under our city engineer. Since this is a hundred and fifty-eight workers, we will have to divide that management into two departments.  Each of these sanitation units will deal with certain aspects of our sanitation services. For example one of the departments will deal strictly with garbage collection and residential and household issues. While the other unit will deal with cemetery services, parks, public health and cleaning of the city. And we are doing that specifically to ensure that we can deal with the management of those persons. Beneath the managers, there will be a supervisory level and we are working with the sanitation contractor to ensure that the supervisory level is staffed by some of their personnel so that we will take on board their managers and supervisors who will bring in a second tier of managers who will help us to organize and manage these hundred and fifty-eight persons. Then beneath that you have another level of supervisors and then beneath that you have the direct persons who are on the ground.  Some of these people who meet a certain skill set. For example some of them are supervisors, some of them are security officers—not all of them perform direct sanitation services. So what we will do is we will reassign those persons who fit the skill set to other areas of the city council where we have a shortage. For example right now we need traffic officers, we need some persons to be park wardens and we will use some of the persons who we don’t need directly on the ground to fill these posts with the city council.”

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