Development in the various municipalities is among the priorities in all constituencies but development is not as fast coming as we’d hope but nonetheless the efforts are there. In an effort to making this happen, government is teaming up with the various municipal teams across the countries to ensure that projects are carried through. Eugen Palacio, Director of Local Government, speaks of an initiative being carried across the country.
Eugene Palacio- Director Of Local Government
“It come about of the need to have one regulation so that we could have the employees of all the councils guided by that regulation, the need came about because at separation; when the employee and have termination or have retirement benefits different pieces of legislation, different contracts that they claim, that they should be benefitted from and so you have for example people say well I am governed by the labor law, or I am governed by the GWR along with some other piece of regulation and it causes confusion all over the country so we are trying to put a second regulation that will govern them all and the initiative started from a long time ago actually but again this year the Mayors’ Association gave it some live because they wanted it to be done this year and so they form a task force headed by the President, Mayor Simeon Lopez from Belmopan and two other Mayors, you have Mayor Bernard from Orange Walk and Mayor Darrell Bradley from Belize City and they also with them City Administrator and Town Administrator in case of Orange Walk and also the Human Resource managers and we have the Legal Counsel from the Belize City Council we get legal advice and myself on that task force to guide the development of these regulations, so these regulation were taken from several existing legislation documents for example, you have the Belmopan City council that have a collective bargaining agreement so we look at that we look at the current that has just been passed, the current Public Service Regulations and it is a heavy copy from the guides that already have policy approvals so we are taking out some of the clauses and we are putting it and now the document is actually about 95% complete.”
Consultations that began this week seek to include the input of employees across the country.
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