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Nov 14, 2012

BWC and City hall make up after garbage debt debacle

Approximately forty employees were fired from Belize Waste Control Limited on Monday; twenty of them protested at City Hall since their termination was the result of an unpaid debt of over six hundred thousand dollars. BWC General Manager, George Lamb, says they needed to get the mayor’s attention and a second protest was planned for this morning. There was a lot of hard talk, but Mayor Darrell Bradley and Lamb agreed to sit down and work out their differences. So tonight, the forty employees have their jobs back and garbage collection has resumed as per normal after both sides agreed to a compromise. Lamb says they are hoping for improved relations with City Hall.

 

George Lamb, General Manager, Belize Waste Control

George Lamb

“We had a meeting earlier today around ten o’clock this morning with the Mayor and it appears to be a fruitful meeting. Coming out o the meeting, there was an understanding as he would term it; we have come to an understanding, a compromise and as a result of that, I have dispatched my trucks into the streets and I can assure the residents that if they would bear with us, by the end of tomorrow, Thursday, all the waste that has been generated since the protest will be collected. We’d like to thank all the residents who were patient and understood our plight. We’re hoping to improve the relationship with the City Council so we’re hoping that the meeting this morning may have set that stage.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“I know you said you can’t go into the specifics, but is there anything you can tell us about this agreement? Is it some sort of payment plan or something?”

 

George Lamb

“Well, basically yes, there’s somewhat of a payment plan involved. That is coming from the City Council. I’d hate to go through the specifics because it is still a delicate relationship and we want to build confidence, we want to rebuild the relationship. We respect the mayor under his office, but we have to face our challenges and so I believe that he understands clearly what we’re into and what we need to do to get the service done. So I think the outcome will be more positive.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“And if it’s not? If the council does not hold up its end of this agreement?”

 

George Lamb

“Well, we would have to do what we need to do to get his attention and get results. I was really satisfied with the outcome and the response we got from the City Council as a result of the protest. It really got the mayor’s attention and having our discussion with him this morning, opens a lot of windows. So we’re seeing things a little bit different and we’re hoping that as a result of that our relationship will improve.”

 

Lamb also responded to Mayor Bradley’s comments that BWC breached its contract when it protested and slowed garbage collection. He says they simply could not afford to provide the service because they hadn’t been paid and he doesn’t agree that it’s a breach.

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1 Response for “BWC and City hall make up after garbage debt debacle”

  1. Storm says:

    I had hopes for Mayor Bradley, but he seems to be proving himself just another fool with control of public money. Everyone one of those workers who lost their jobs should point the finger of blame directly at the Mayor. While he diverts budgeted money to new paving contracts, the basic functions of the city have gone wanting.

    Would YOU trust him to spend the $20-million bond wisely? NOT ME.

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