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Oct 9, 2019

Former COLA Prez to P.S.U.’s Gerald Henry: “This Doesn’t Take Niceness”

Former firebrand COLA President, Geovanni Brackett also chimed in today on the Hilltop property debacle where the headquarters of the P.S.U. was sold even though negotiations were ongoing with the Belmopan City Council. A Corozal company, Simplex Designs Limited, acquired the property and the P.S.U. is now facing eviction.  Brackett is known not to mince words and while he did not question the integrity of Public Service Union President Gerald Henry, he says Henry must stop the niceness and take a different route to get the situation resolved in favour of the union. Brackett says unions are powerful and have the muscle to bring changes.


Geovanni Brackett

Geovanni Brackett, Former President, COLA

“Gerald Henry, I know him well; he is a very nice guy. But my advice to him is that this doesn’t take niceness as you have seen what has happened. First of all, that hilltop is a monumental piece; it is a shame that the Belmopan City Council even allowed this to happen. I think the Minister John Saldivar; I think what he should do is go out of his way to recover that property. When you look at that and see a Chinese business—and it is no disrespect to any Chinese because I have friends who are Chinese—but when you look at that and you see a Chinese establishment up there, that’s one of the biggest disrespect to the Belizean populace. I think that Miss Jacqueline Willoughby, I think every P.S.U. past president, currently president…this should be stink up to the nostrils. You don’t need to do a general membership to see if you want to give up something that has been yours for over the decades and the amount of years that they have been occupying that property. I think there was a church up there who used it on Sunday; that is a historical piece for the people of Belmopan. And I think it is a shame when we have that a monumental piece can be sold so easily without opposition. Having said that, I think that while you go through the courts, I think that we have seen the Public Service Union demonstrate in a much more way that can bring attention. The unions are not know to be taking crap like that. Unions around the world move with action and when they speak, government has to listen. The only way the union doesn’t move is if it is compromised or not informed. It’s no secret that the unions are powerful and they have ten times the muscle any Cola have or any other smaller groups and they don’t need to take it. And I would urge them to sit there until thy kingdom come. Tell the Chiney man to go back to Belmopan City Council, work on a deal to recover his money, but by no way in God’s given earth, hell or high water, should they ever even consider giving up that property. And I will be more than willing to march with them any time they are willing to take action on behalf of the P.S.U.”

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