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Sep 13, 2018

Belize City Council Says CWU’s Allegation of Union Busting is Inaccurate

Bernard Wagner

The Belize City Council says that allegations of union busting made by the Christian Workers Union are inaccurate. Earlier in the week, CWU President Evan ‘Mose’ Hyde made the allegation after the council denied the union’s request to be part of a meeting held on Tuesday morning.  That meeting was convened after twelve union members who are part of the council’s cemetery staff complained about subsistence.  Mayor Bernard Wagner explained that the CWU needed to make request to attend the meeting as per the CBA. For the second meeting, the CWU submitted a request but its request was denied. This led the CWU to accuse the city council of union busting. Today Mayor Wagner shut down the allegations, saying that not a single union member requested the presence of a CWU representative.

 

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

Within the scope of the CBA, it clearly outlines how you go about attending meetings from the CWU stand point. The message that we sent out, it was received a bit late. We were very busy with the celebrations obviously. We sent out that message at around six in the morning. But at no point in time we did not want to include the union members in any of our meetings. The fact is that you have a business and sometimes you want to have meetings with your staff. It is not everything that a matter comes up that you will require representatives of the union. We went about that meeting and none of the staff requested the presence of any union representatives. They were quite receptive in the meeting. We had a very good and productive meeting. The charge of union busting is far beyond what the city council stands for. This P.U.P. City Council, the P.U.P. founded on the backs of unionism so clearly that charge to me is really ahead of us. That’s not in our DNA, in the P.U.P. DNA of union busting.”

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