3 Days Until Strike at BTL
The Belize Communications Workers Union held a general membership meeting this evening at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. This comes after union leaders met yesterday with BTL's management and the Labour Department. While we're unable to ascertain what was discussed in the meeting, we do know that there was no significant break through. President of BCWU Paul Perriot told us that this evening's meeting is to inform the union of the situation and plan for the imminent strike.
Paul Perriot, BCWU President
"What we are trying to do is update the membership as to what happened in the meeting yesterday and chart our course as to where we move from here. Right now it is like day to day. We are on this countdown towards this 21 days of industrial action or strike action and we're trying to do an update as to where we are and where we go."
Has anything changed significantly as to how it was a couple days ago?
"Umm I wouldn't say that it has changed. I believe that in good faith we're at the table. I think the Labor Commissioner has asked for that at least, for us to sort of try to talk this thing out and to see where we go. We have to wait to see what will be the end result of that meeting or the subsequent meeting which has been set for tomorrow. The countdown is still on and we made that quite clear yesterday in the meeting and as I said, I believe that the Minister of Labor knows that, the Labor Commissioner knows that, and I think what they are trying to do is trying to operate in the interest of time before the 21 days expire."
Are you all going to be having any significant headway in the next for days?
"Well better late than never I would say but it is, in our opinion, late because it puts us in a bind as to how we have to try and make quick decisions and making quick decisions are not the best decisions when it comes to that stress period. So we just need to see what will come out of the next meeting I believe and the membership also has to give us a directive as to where we move from here."
For those keeping count there are now 3 days left before the 21 day notice of industrial action expires. Trying to forestall that, tomorrow there is another meeting scheduled with the Labour Ministry and BTL's management.