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BEL and the Belize Energy Workers Union have reached an agreement and signed on it. The process however was not easy for BEWU. BEWU saw steps towards a resolution last night in a meeting with the Prime Minister who intervened in the negotiations yesterday afternoon. In that meeting were also representatives of BEL’s management, and the Minister of Labor. A memorandum of agreement was in fact signed last night between the principals of the Ministry of Labor, Minister Godwin Hulse himself and the union’s General Secretary Marvin Mora.


Mora told the media however, that even before that agreement was reached, BEL’s management representatives walked out.


Screen_Shot_2015-09-30_at_7.53.19_PMMarvin Mora, General Secretary, Belize Energy Workers Union


“The agreement was signed mainly between the government and the Union in a sense because management for some reason or the other had left the building by the time we decided so in essence we can say that we have an agreement with the owner and now it is up to the owner to basically translate that at the board, I believe that her was a lot of flexibility on everybody’s behalf and the Union has been flexible like I explained to you guys from the beginning of the negotiation and that I believe was captured in the agreement the last time.”


Reporter


“However, do you consider that an affront because you expected that they would remain there and you would leave from there with something signed?”


Marvin Mora, General Secretary, Belize Energy Workers Union


“Well, I could consider an affront but the question is an affront to whom not to the Union because they are not answerable to the Union they are answerable to their superiors and BEL as you know supposed to be owned by the government of Belize and the head of the government of Belize is the Prime Minister so I don’t know where the buck stops but I believe that it stops at the Prime Minister in terms of what happens in this company.”


Mora says he does not know what is keeping BEL’s management from signing, but after the meeting, the BEWU received most of what it was requesting.


Marvin Mora, General Secretary, Belize Energy Workers Union


“We are expecting according to the agreement to receive a 1.75% increase yearly on top of the appraisal results increases we also expecting a small retro from January to present for that 1.75 corresponding for this year and of course the increase up to 10% the pension.”


Reporter


“So, total because in the past the company has grouped together, the entire benefit and salary package that the Unions will be getting closer to like 30% what does this put you at?”


Marvin Mora, General Secretary, Belize Energy Workers Union


“That it depends on what they were referring to, I think they were referring to some sort of calculation that they termed equivalent on salaries, what we were looking at from the beginning they have never changed it 16%  of total manpower cost over the next four years but what we receive if we do get this package coming from the Board it would be around 25% increase in the next four years of the total manpower cost.”


Reporter


“How does that compare to what you have been asking for the last proposal that the Union made?”


Marvin Mora, General Secretary, Belize Energy Workers Union


“They are actually almost similar so we are not far from what we were asking.”


Today, in a meeting that concluded late this evening, BEL’s management signed off on an agreement giving the BEWU a 7.5 percent salary increase in a four year period. The Union President and Labor Commissioner Ivan Williams were present to sign onto the agreement as well. Approximately 150 BEL employees of the more than 200 are members of the BEWU 

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