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Jan 20, 2012

Security Company loses port job

`It has been almost two weeks since the Port of Belize Limited went into receivership due to the default of a sixty-four million dollar loan plus accrued interest. And, while the transition initially occurred smoothly, there is some collateral damage in salvaging the company. Over twenty Alliance Security Firm employees attached to the Port were relieved of their duties today. The Port of Belize receiver, Tux Vasquez told News Five that the Port does not directly employ the Alliance employees. Representatives of Alliance refuse to give a comment on the dismissal of their workers. The disgruntled group says they are left with families to feed but no jobs:

Brenda Augustine, Alliance Security Officer, Fired

“Weh happen is that this letter was dated yesterday and we just receive this letter about an hour ago, stating that we don’t have a job. I mean it’s totally ridiculous because most ah we dah single parents weh di work and struggle fi our families. And the thing is, when dah receiver tek ova, the Port of Belize Limited they sated that none of us going to lose our jobs. And now today, I stand yah before everybody, even the Prime Minister, I wah mek ih si that twenty-odd of us outta wah job after the receiver take over. Weh wah become of we weh have families, weh wah become of us. Weh he wah du fu us in what help? Because we have rent, kids going to school, many of us dah single parents out yah di struggle fi life. I wah know Mista Minista, just give me wah ansa.”

Andrea Polanco

“So, have you guys been told when you will be receiving the pay for the last days that you’ve worked?”

Brenda Augustine

Brenda Augustine

“Well, apparently, the letter is stating here that we should receive some compensation by Wednesday after they deal with Labour and whatever. But deh cyaa help us cause that dah wah lee bit ah money fi we weh deh deh over a year and change, tow years and thing, all our services just went underneath.”

Andrea Polanco

“Okay, so where do you go from here, Ms. Augustine?”

Brenda Augustine

“Ma’m, I don’t know right now. We are just in a…the word to use right now, devastated state.”

Andrea Polanco

“You guys work for Alliance, what did they say to you guys?”

Brenda Augustine

“Ma’m even with them, they thought that we were gonna still be having our jobs and not even deh mi know weh di tek place. Everything was happening behind closed doors and everyday you hear lee rumors on the compound and nobody as wah man have the balls and come out and say ‘unu wah get fired’ or ‘unu nuh have no job.”

According to tux Vasquez, the Port of Belize has its own security.

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