While the Christian Workers Union are awaiting cooperation from the Belize City Council for an updated collective bargaining agreement, workers in the south have gotten their agreement signed with the Dangriga Town Council. We rejoin Correspondent Harry Arzu for the details.
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: The Southern Workers Union and the Dangriga Town Council signed a collective bargaining agreement on behalf of the employees of the Dangriga Town Council at a ceremony held on Thursday at the Town Hall. The agreement seeks to maintain and to further the good relations that exist between the council and the union and to provide a procedure for avoidance and settlement of disputes. Love News was at the event and spoke with Mayor Farncis Humphreys who told us more.
Francis Humphreys, Mayor of Dangriga: “Today is a wonderful occasion for Dangriga Town Council and its workers. After several years of working on what was initially a draft document we have reached this stage where we can sign off on a collective bargaining agreement between the council and its union rep the Southern Workers Union. Now let me say that the long time that it took to craft this document was time well spent. These negotiations require a great deal of cooperation, a great deal of understanding, a great deal of goodwill because it is not everything that the union might want or everything that the council might think it needs that could be fully addressed in the context of this kind of a document but it is a very good working tool to keep the affairs of the workers along with that of the council on even teal. To see to it that they’re treated fairly, that the union gets value for money, that in every respect the relationship is a cordial one, a productive one and one that all of us can be proud of. So it was quite a task to get this thing drafted and brought to the point where all of us could sign off on it but it was a task that needed to be done and I’m proud to say that we have accomplished it with this signing today.”
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: Representing the union was the President of the said organization Glen Lewis.