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Representatives of the Belize Workers Union met with officials of the Belize Sugar Industry to further negotiate salary increments for about 160 hourly paid workers at the company. These workers include those from storage in Belize City and the Ship dock in Corozal. Chairman of the BWU Orange Walk Branch Ramiro Gongora says they are not too content with the outcome of the discussions.


Screen_Shot_2015-02-24_at_7.47.12_PMRamiro Gongora – Chairman, BWU, OW Branch


“Well the negotiations were based on the conclusion of the 2011/2014 which ended on July 1st 2014 from thereon we have to negotiate on a yearly basis or two three years as to achieving a SBA for the workers at the factory. We had targeted a fifteen percent increase on our initial basis because for the past 2011 to 2014 we receive 14% increase for those three years and we were looking a target about that but we had arguments with BSI and is something that we as employees and beneficiaries need to be aware that the European Union will be terminating the agreement with the ACP countries and that is something that we as employee need to focus as yet if the benefits for the employees is something that is reasonable and we can say that at this point we did not like the outcome but it is a negotiation process and whatever is achieved is for the members.”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“You say you do not like the response so far what is it that the company is proposing?”


Ramiro Gongora – Chairman, BWU, OW Branch


“We manage to get a figure of almost 12.5% in a four year basis increments of 3%; 3.5%;3% and then the other 3% and that is for 2014/2015 to 2017/2018 so it is a four year and it will be retroactive to July 1st 2014.”


That’s the first three percent. Another three and a half percent will be in effect July first of this year and so on for the following two years. The membership will be informed about the outcome of the discussions and a date will be set for the signing of the agreement. Another matter of concern is the additional bonus policy between the workers and the company. Workers expected an additional bonus but that may not be materializing this year says Gongora.


Ramiro Gongora – Chairman, BWU, OW Branch


“It’s an additional bonus that is given once the profits margin of 6 million is passed once it is above it it is a trigger point of 1% per additional million you know for 2013 we received 3.9 additional bonus and for 2014 it is a negative we no receive no information and no guarantee that there will be any so that information was said by the and so we really disappointed by that we were receiving what we were expecting because definitely more sugar was produced through the previous year. We actually did not receive the financials verifying that the threshold was not reached so that is where we really stand and we send a correspondence to BSI stating that alright you are saying that we did not reach the threshold then show us that is was not reached. The workers expected something much better this year than the previous year that was 3.9 and I believe it is something that we as the Union tried to lobby as hard as we can to negotiate in good faith with them.”


The policy has been in effect since 1994 and according to Gongora it has been honored over the course of the years.

 

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