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Jun 3, 2020

Professional Overalls and Uniforms for the Operational Support Team at CitCo

Sanitation workers and operational support staff at the Belize City Council will be donning a professional look.  City Hall has acquired overalls and provided them with protective gear to be used when they carry out their work at playgrounds, markets and other areas.  Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner says the initiative was in the making for a year. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

This morning, a brief ceremony was held at City Hall where new uniforms and overalls for the newly minted operational support team of the Belize City Council were unveiled.  The project was in the pipeline for over a year and helps to easily identify sanitation workers and other operational workers from the cemetery department, market staff, parks and playgrounds staff and works. The two hundred plus employees were also provided with protective gears as well as equipment needed to carry out their duties.

 

Sharlene Rudon

Sharlene Rudon, Human Resources Manager, Belize City Council

“The launch of these new uniforms is something that we have worked at diligently because not only do we want our staff to be protected, but we need them to be comfortable as well. You will see that the uniform comes in an overall design for our male employees, while our female employees will be wearing a matching blouse and pants design. They will also be equipped with gloves, masks and hand sanitizers to keep on their person at all times as an added safety measure. We are pleased to know that our employees will now be easily identifiable, better protected and professionally dressed to suit their roles in their respective departments.”

 

Two hundred and seventy-four uniforms and heavy duty overalls will be issued in the first phase. Mayor Bernard Wagner says that the initiative was undertaken to change the culture and the perception of the sanitation department – the important workers who carry out duties across the city.

 

Bernard Wagner

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“We knew that we had to change the entire culture at city hall and we wanted it to be a culture where our workers are at the forefront and our workers are recognised each and every day. And we wanted to ensure that our workers have the proper attire. It is important. We don’t take anything for granted here at City Hall. We really appreciate the great work every day that our workers do in the streets, at the cemetery, at the parks and playground. While the events of the past two months have exposed the need for safer outfit for our workers in the field, today’s launch of these new apparel has been in the planning stages for about a year.”

 

…and these frontline employees were ecstatic about the new apparel, protective gear and equipment that they’re receiving because it focuses on their welfare.

 

Shelmadine Lynch

Shelmadine Lynch, Member, Operational Support Team, Belize City Council

“So far I could keep my clothes and put it up cause then yo got two outfit fi wear every day.”

 

Reporter

“Miss Lynch after your experience working as a frontline worker through COVID-19, how do you think the uniform is going to help you do your job and how would it have helped you at that time?”

 

Shelmadine Lynch

“Well with the uniform right now, after this COVID-19, it wah more better cause then we wah more cover up completely. First we never quite cover up everything, but now we have everything.”

 

Robert Pott

Robert Pott, Manager, Operational Support Unit, Belize City Council

“It help us to work in a more comfortable environment and do our job to our best. We have the uniform here. We come in our casual clothes. When we get here and we have work to do, then we just change off and put on the uniforms.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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