Social Security Board Inspectors Protest Alleged Unfair Treatment and Union Busting
Almost two dozen inspectors of the Social Security Board (SSB) staged a protest this morning at the organization’s headquarters in Belmopan. The group, Christian Workers Union members, feel they are being treated unfairly and believe the board is union busting. The workers say that one inspector, a non-union member, has been allowed to remain at her post for over 9 nine years, contrary to SSB’s handbook which stipulates inspectors are transferred after 3 years at a specific post. The group says the board was made aware of the issue last year and moved to transfer the employee but the decision was recently rescinded. Leonora Flowers, CWU President, says the matter is not personal but the union members believe it is unjust.
Leonora Flowers, President, CWU: “What was and is still so concerning is that this decision, the change, occurred in a couple of days after we signed the agreement. So here we are cheering on SSB that we’ve signed our new CBA and then they’re changing the course on us. So we’re here gathered with our members to ensure that they know that this cannot continue. We need to be respected and the integrity that they demand from our inspectors we also demand it from the management. The CEO was gracious. She allowed us to voice our opinions. Everyone who wanted to have a say was able to do that and we were able to impress upon her our sentiments, deep, grave, concerning and the kind of agitation that we’re prepared to put forward to ensure that we’re heard and our members get the justice that they deserve. All we want is fairness. All we’ve ever wanted is fairness. It went as planned but we have to give management their time to meet among themselves and to come back to us and that’s what the CEO offered that they will get back to us. We tried to tie her to a time but in all fairness she said she was unable to give us a time but we’re hoping that the better judgment will rule out at the end of the day. The Act specifies certain things and we expect Social Security to live up to that.”
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