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May 8, 2012

Labor Commissioner bridges connection with B.E.L. and B.E.W.U.

Dawn Sampson Nunez

The management of the Belize Electricity Limited and the Belize Energy Workers Union, through the intervention of Labor Commissioner Ivan Williams, is set to resume deliberations on Wednesday morning in an effort to pinpoint specific issues affecting both parties.  The administration of the government-owned utility company and the membership of the B.E.W.U. have been at odds since late last month when a protest was held outside B.E.L.’s corporate head-quarters in Belize City.  Among the issues employees are facing, is a delay in bonus payments, job security for linesmen and engineers at the gas turbine plant. Failure to address the matter has led them to call for the removal of C.E.O. Jeffrey Locke.  According to Labor Commissioner, Ivan Williams, a pre-mediation sit-down was held on Monday afternoon to restore the existing state of affairs in order for negotiations to be successful.

 

Dawn Sampson Nunez, Corporate Secretary, B.E.L.

“A meeting between representatives of the B.E.W.U. and B.E.L. A meeting called by the Labor Commissioner. It was a very successful meeting. As part of the meeting, both parties—the Belize Electricity Workers Union and the Belize Electricity Limited, both agreed that the Labor Commissioner will speak on the meeting and any related matters. I will now turn it over to the Labor Commissioner and ask that you direct all questions to him.”

 

Marvin Mora

Marvin Mora, President B.E.W.U.

“Well as Miss Dawn Sampson mentioned, the agreement has been made between all the parties involved that the Labor Commissioner will be the one that will speak on the mediation for a long as the mediation process goes on. The union just like the management is committed that this process works for the benefit of all.”

 

Ivan Williams

Ivan Williams, Labor Commissioner

“Good Evening one and all, last week Friday I received a letter from management asking for a meeting or for intervention rather by the labor department and so I was able to arrange a meeting for today at one-thirty. And so I am pleased to say that coming out of the meeting—there will always be differences, but clearly there are procedures of how we can address these. So coming out of this meeting, which is what I called a pre-mediation meeting, in other words we are trying to identify what the issues are and then to decide on a course of action how to ventilate and resolved those issues. And so coming out of the meetings we have some results: one is; that both parties have agreed that this status quo would go back to the status quo, meaning that prior to actions that are being taken that we will have normalcy, meaning that people will go back to work.”

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