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Feb 25, 2011

Will S.S.B. employers walk the picket line on March 7th?

Antonio Gonzalez

Gonzalez says that despite the S.S.B.’s decision to compensate the members of staff who reported to work with a day off, the Union still wants to flesh out the problem and avert strike action.

Antonio Gonzalez, President, C.W.U.

“We have been invited by the Ministry of Labor, through the Labor Commissioner, to attend a meeting on the first of March in Belmopan.  It’s a one-party meeting – just the union along with the representative from the Ministry of Labor and the issue will be the dispute.  We don’t know what will emerge from that meeting at this stage.  We don’t want to preempt anything but we want to sit down, get back to the table and start and resume negotiations.  We want these negotiations to be completed – too long prolonged and as such we want and our members are clamoring for this.  But we understand there are other new developments within S.S.B., but at this stage we are not privy and we don’t have the reliable information to say anything, but when it develops then we will inform the media.”

Monday will mark two weeks since the sickout, which means that there will be only seven days before the strike action can be taken.

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