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Feb 4, 2013

Did absence of union member affect negotiations?

Jose Castellanos

Since his withdrawal from last Friday’s meeting with the Prime Minister, the president of Association of Public Servants Senior Managers, Jose Castellanos, has not been heard from. The outspoken economist removed himself on the eve of the meeting after he was pilloried by the government’s mouthpiece, WAVE Radio. His absences from work due to union duties were also questioned. In the days leading to Tuesday’s demonstration, Castellanos disclosed financial figures that were in contrast to government’s and he showed where government could save to provide the salary adjustments. But did the absence of Castellanos affect the negotiations with the government?


Marvin Blades

Marvin Blades, President, Public Service Union

“None at all, none at all. As you know we are a joint team. On both sides, I want to remind most people that at the end of the day, public service union has a lot of economist, we also have finance officers. So we have a cadre amount of knowledge. So it is not that it held us back any at all. We are a team. Whatever Castellanos presented, we also knew and our team knew.”


Duane Moody

“But didn’t it come to you guys as a shock that he pulled himself out?”


Luke Palacio

Luke Palacio, President, B.N.T.U.

“Like we have said yesterday and we will continue to say, what has been out there in the public as far as it relates to Mister Castellanos; that is what we know. Therefore again, we have to understand in the union movement, our training allows us to be able to fill in the gap at any point at any time and we are well-prepared. When we negotiate it is not in isolation. The three unions would meet a day or two before to ensure that whatever position we are going with at the negotiation table; every individual is aware of what it is and will be able to present even in the absence of someone who would have been in the discussions a day or two before.”


And in respect of the negotiations, the unions are scheduled for round two in the next three weeks.

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4 Responses for “Did absence of union member affect negotiations?”

  1. RedBwai says:

    It obviously seems as tho this guy was threatened in some form or manner to just up right abandoned the negotiating team of the NTUCB…but what was he threatened with or by whom??…i strongly believe its the goverenment of Belize…apparently he as a finance man had some pretty good incriminating and convincing figures on hand about the government’s expendature…now all of a sudden he got jumpy and bolted for the door…seems fishy to me and i bet the PM and his puppet ministers know quite well what truely transpired with this guy…they wanted to shut him up and frightened him and that they did…only to serve their benefit and to keep things under wraps from the people of Belize..this just further goes to show what lengths the government will go to keeps us in the dark where we belong…..sad..

  2. Ricky Malthus says:

    ” Res Ipsa Loquitur ” !! The thing speaks for itself. Barrow doesn’t want to deal with Latin Belizeans. Everything is geared to the latent Black Power ” power grab ” in Belize. There are numerous times this racist trait has been exposed in Barrow. So what are Latin Belizeans going to do when the Referendum takes place? Vote for the status quo or vote changes?

  3. Buju says:

    @ Ricky Malthus

    LOL – lol – lol

    Up until now i always had respect for your ideas but this one is out of the norm!
    Wheel and come again

  4. James says:

    It is certain that Mr. Castellanos was threatened. But what is new in Belize and with this government?

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