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Mayor Wagner Says the council will not sign agreement with the CWU

Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner is on the campaign trail.  We met up him at the ITVET where he had just gotten nominated.  We’ll bring you the stories of the nomination later in this newscast, but first we take you to some union business.   The Christian Workers Union wants their collective bargaining agreement signed, but Mayor Bernard Wagner has been adamant in saying he would not sign, at least not yet.

Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner is on the campaign trail.  We met up him at the ITVET where he had just gotten nominated.  We’ll bring you the stories of the nomination later in this newscast, but first we take you to some union business.   The Christian Workers Union wants their collective bargaining agreement signed, but Mayor Bernard Wagner has been adamant in saying he would not sign, at least not yet.

Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “Again the CWU matter is a principle matter and we stick by that principle that we will not sign any contracts, any agreements, make no proposals to tie and bind the hands of a future council or a future mayor and we stick by that. And so whatever comes whatever comes but that is our principle and you can’t beat us down for standing by that principle that is what got us in trouble and that is where we are in trouble right now at a Central Government level because politicians on the 11th hour sign agreements that bind the hands of future governments, that bind the hands of future municipalities and future mayors.”

Reporter: Should you win on March 3rd how soon are you expecting to have a sit down with the CWU on the matter ?

Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “Well we already wrote them back and we want to get that done based on our agreement with them 31st March and we have an agreement in place by the end of April that is our pledge to them.”