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Sep 13, 2018

Mayor Bernard Wagner Says Staff Members Will Be Paid Subsistence

The dispute between the Belize City Council and the Christian Workers’ Union is based on complaints made by staff members who said that the council refused to pay them subsistence for works done outside city limits. While that matter, according to Mayor Bernard Wagner, has been resolved, there are several outstanding issues. Mayor Wagner says that during the second meeting the staff raised additional concerns, all of which the Council discussed with them. He says that these issues, which stem as far back as six years, were never resolved by the previous Council.

 

Bernard Wagner

Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City

“Everybody is being paid. We worked that out from the last meeting we had with them. They had some issues, to the best of my knowledge, that instead of getting the food they just wanted the subsistence in hand. We have worked that out.  We said we will give them in hand. That is where we stand with that matter. Many of these issues that are currently being brought up were preexisting issues that were never addressed in 2013, 2012 backwards. We came in. We are trying to resolve them as we move along.”

 

Reporter

“The CWU claims specifically that for five days in advance of this meeting, they applied and at the eleventh hour they were rejected. They consider this an act of ill will and disrespect on the part of the council. How do you respond to that?”

 

Bernard Wagner

“No disrespect, none whatsoever. We continue to believe that we want to maintain a good working relationship with the CWU. You have to understand too that the CWU all of a sudden has a huge zeal to remedy all of the situations. Listen, we came in here and met a lot of preexisting issues from 2013, some issues that were not made by us. We are trying to resolve them.”

 

Mayor Wagner says that council stands committed to work with the CWU and its members.

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