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Aug 8, 2014

…but Supports P.M.’s Timely Intervention in BML Fiasco

Francis Fonseca

And just what are Fonseca’s thoughts on P.M. Barrow interceding in the BML fallout?  Well, according to the opposition leader, he supports the idea of coming to the aid of the workers since they were the ones who stood to lose their livelihoods as a result of the impasse.  Fonseca says the decision by the prime minister to intervene in a timely manner has given the employees financial security.


Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“We certainly welcome the intervention on behalf of the workers.  Any effort that is aimed at providing relief to the workers who are very, very concerned about their future.  They is a lot of uncertainty about what will happen.  I think any effort aimed at eliminating that uncertainty, any effort aimed at ensuring that they continue to earn a living for themselves and their families is good and we welcome that and support that.  Obviously, that is why they were out there protesting because they were very concerned about their futures and we were glad that we lent our support to that and I think the entire community, certainly the Belize City community gave them their support and that is what caused the government to act and we welcome that.”


Attorney for the workers, Audrey Matura-Shepherd says that she is determined to assure that the workers get their just benefits when they become employees of City Hall. Still on the issue of the BML workers, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize has issued a release in which it is lending its full support to the employees, in light of their recent plight with the Belize City Council.  While they are not members of any union, the N.T.U.C.B. is urging the Christian Workers Union to initiate the urgent constitution of the workers.  In addition, it is only through having agent representation that the process of collective bargaining can commence on their behalf.  The congress also highlights that there needs to be an intervention by the Ministry of Labor since, at the point of their termination assurances should be made to ensure that they collect every penny owed to them.  Their rehiring, should the city council take them on, must also ensure that they do not lose their years of service and benefits.  The N.T.U.C.B. also calls on the Social Security Board to safeguard the unemployment benefits of the workers once they are terminated.

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1 Response for “…but Supports P.M.’s Timely Intervention in BML Fiasco”

  1. Uncle Benji says:

    Francis Fonseca, what the heel are you thinking? Like yourself, I come from the same cut of cloth, and I know how the Catholic, SJC, middle class, respsect your elders, be proper environment can mess with your head and identity.

    Gawd, you are weak. Never, ever say a good word on Dean Ali BaBa-rrow’s behalf. It makes you look condescending.

    Look man, there is a slew of Belizeans fed up with Ali BaBa-rrow and his forty thieves. These Belizeans are ready to support you financially and every step of the way to the Prime Minister’s office. But you have got to show you are the man, and you are not doing that. Be more aggressive, be meaner, forget religion and lie if you have to. Connive if needed. Be ruthless. Show some Richard Nixon, George Price, Said Musa, Assad Shoman, Ralph Fonseca traits.

    What sort of crap is this, you are pleased to see Dean Ali BaBa-rrow’s intervention? Attack his weaknesses. The City Council is being mismanaged by Bradley; and Bradley is a Barrow minion.
    Atack, destroy them all. Attack, cripple them.

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