Belize City Mayor Addresses Collective Bargaining Agreement Delays: Hopes to Finalize Deal Soon
The current municipal campaign is only one of several projects that is occupying the Mayor’s time. Another element is the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the employees of the Belize City Council. The agreement is yet to be signed with the Christian’s Worker’s Union (CWU), and according to Wagner, he is hoping to get it done in the coming weeks. He explained that much of the delay had to with circumstances outside his control.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “Well I’m optimistic. I’m optimistic about getting that done. That is one of our priority areas actually when we came into office but as you know we were beset by COVID and so as we were about to launch those negotiations in 2020 COVID came and so really set us back roughly two years and then a little while after that we had the Hurricane Lisa and so it’s been an ongoing type of challenge to find time but we have a real good package in place it’s just up to now that the CBA look over and meet with their people that they represent to see if the package we have offered meets their demands.”
Wagner explained that the Collective Bargaining Agreement is a standard document to provide some degree of security for the workers.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “That is not something new to organizations. It’s something that should be in most organizations especially with the level of staff you have , the amount of staff you have. Most organizations have something to that effect. It is a sort of ensuring that you don’t take on any liability, you know that when you have adults in these types of environments that there will be some measure of consensual type of arrangement and we don’t want at no time that the city or the work of the city gets caught when that fallout occurs. It happens many times in different organizations so wanted to ensure that at least if not now that it is put forward to the CWU to have them look at it and ensure that it is an agreement that they could live by. But it’s not etched in stone. It is a proposal to them to look at because there are areas that need to be cleared up in respect to those types of consensual relationships.”
As Mayor Wagner explained, they have presented the union with the council’s proposals, and are awaiting their approval.V