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Oct 1, 2019

P.S.U. Recognizes Legality of the Hill Top Purchase but is Still Not Ready to Move

Gerald Henry

The Public Service Union says it won’t be moving though it recognizes the purchase of Hill Top by Simplex Design Company Limited as legal.  In November of 2018, the P.S.U. headquarters was sold by the Belmopan City Council to the company and despite their efforts and even a promise by the Prime Minister to get the property back, the P.S.U. was unsuccessful. Last week, the union received a letter from the company’s attorney, Estevan Perrera, reminding them that even though the union president stated on national television that it would vacate the property, it has not done so. But today, President Gerald Henry says that while they acknowledge the legality of the purchase, they will not be moving out just yet. According to Henry, contrary to statements made by the company’s attorneys and some media houses, the union has not said it will move out. It is not a standoff, but the union is seeking to cash in on equitable interests it has in the property. So while the union has until the end of October to vacate the premises, Henry says they will remain there for as long as it takes to settle the matter.  The letter dated September twenty-sixth from Simplex states, “If you fail to vacate the property on or October thirty-first, 2019, our client has instructed us to file a claim against the Public Service Union, wherein we will seek an eviction order from the court in addition to our legal cost and rent.” Henry says they are not concerned.

 

Gerald Henry, President, P.S.U.

“We are clear on that, that the purchase is a legal purchase. However we do have an equitable interest in the property and therefore we are in the process of resolving that issue to get our equitable interest returned to us if possible, right, to us, which is the result of our…the investments that we have made over the years. So for this reason I made no such statement as the statement said from the law firm that we are vacating the property because we do have an equitable interest that remains  with the property, no. If we vacate then we are de facto saying that we are relieving or relinquishing that equitable interest and certainly we are not doing that and we have no interest in doing that right now. The mandate from the members was that we pursue that equitable interest that we have in the property. This is actually in the hands of our legal representatives so I don’t want to say much more about it in terms of that no.”

 

Dalila Ical

“Is there any cost, can you say?”

 

Gerald Henry

“We are trying to determine that right now, exactly what the amount would be. Again, like I said it’s in the hands of the legal advisors to determine how much we would be requesting. The advice that I have received from our legal team is that it would be difficult for them to actually move a legal position or make a legal claim on this and take us to court for the simple reason that we have equitable interest in it like I said. And so it wouldn’t be wise on their part to do something like that. Like I said, the advice is that most or any magistrate would certainly not consider the eviction, right and so we are confident that it wouldn’t reach that point.”


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