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3 Days Until Strike at BTL

Posted By: Marty

3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/22/07 07:55 AM

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."

Alfonso Noble,
Has anything changed significantly as to how it was a couple days ago?

Paul Perriot,
"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."

Alfonso Noble,
Are you all going to be having any significant headway in the next for days?

Paul Perriot,
"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.
Posted By: travelqueen

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/22/07 07:11 PM

Thanks for posting this. Anyone expecting to travel to BZE during this time should bring extra cash. Not being able to utilize ATM's and credit card machines can be a bit of a mess, to put it lightly. Otherwise, I would think not MUCH else would be affected - from a tourists perspective.
Posted By: ron

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/22/07 11:58 PM

I'm going to be arriving in Belize on Sat., just in time for the strike? Without being able to rely on crredit cards, I and many other peopple are going to have to carry alot of cash and travellers checks. When you plan a stay for 3 weeks that's alot of cash. Hope they settle tomorrow.
Posted By: 2MILESNORTHOFCUT

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/23/07 12:29 AM

Marty, Thanks for posting this info. TQ, I will be arriving in San Pedro on Saturday, When I pass through Houston will you meet me at the airport with some cash so I can party? Bring a lot (drinking problem here) blush. All my money is in the Alliance bank and I will not be able to withdraw it with my Alliance ATM card cry. After all I helped you get the 1 mil from jeff.....Remember!! wink I guess my belize cell phone will be usless frown
Posted By: travelqueen

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/23/07 12:52 AM

2miles, will be in Aruba this weekend so meet me there!!! However, they have casinos there, and I hear they serve drinks too, so I believe I will be tapped out! So sorry! :P

Still awaiting the 1 mil... frown Put a bug in his ear, will ya? smile
Posted By: 2MILESNORTHOFCUT

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/23/07 01:11 AM

Jeeeeez,TQ, I thought you had the moooola already. Carefull in Aruba, That Howard K.Stern guy is single again you know. I guess I will just have to sell coconuts to survive this trip. Maybe Pedro1 will let me have a tab at his place, I heard he's easy like that... Have fun in Aruba....Sorry for the hijack Marty.
Posted By: klcman

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/23/07 01:55 AM

Hell 2M -

If you go to P1's, I'll just have him put your 1st 3 rounds on MY tab!!
Posted By: the wife

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/23/07 03:04 AM


ok, what is BTL and why would a strike their affect ATM cards and credit cards?

I'm arriving over the weekend and this kind of troubles me.
Posted By: Otteralum

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/23/07 03:17 AM

BTL is the national telecommunications company. If service is disrupted, credit card transactions will not be able to gain authorizations from the Visa/MC.AmEx networks. Most vendors will not want to accept CCs without approved network authorizations.
Posted By: DGrefreshed

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/23/07 03:59 AM

Cash folks....bring cash. Sheesh. When I worked in the Balkans that was all that was accepted. Made me feel rich there for awhile. Step out of your comfort zones and realize that these strikes are a way for the good belizean folks to give the big middle finger to the arses in Belmo and the monopolies that are given sanction to exist.

Up yours Ashcroft.
Posted By: tacogirl

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/23/07 04:18 AM

Damn does this mean our coral cable might be affected as well?

Bank machines what a pain.

Thanks for posting this Marty as we do not usually keep cash on hand more than we need.

Please keep posted if anyone hears anything on this.
Posted By: DGrefreshed

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/23/07 04:23 AM

No tv and no beer make homer go crazeeeee!
Posted By: Caye Connect

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/23/07 03:38 PM

Does strike = no service? I think strike means less service. The workers cannot legally "shut down" BTL because of a labor dispute. Now if some act of sabotage were to occur, that is something different. I suppose I am looking at this a bit more optimistically.
Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/23/07 03:38 PM

Deadline to strike was moved to March.
Posted By: 2MILESNORTHOFCUT

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/24/07 04:05 AM

KLCMAN, Thanks bud, But can you move that tab over to BC'S instead? Me likes that place more better.
Posted By: klcman

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/24/07 04:20 AM

can't move the tab,right now, but ask Charlene or Ernie to let ya drink outta the special drink holder........
Posted By: 2MILESNORTHOFCUT

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/24/07 04:40 AM

Will do Kerry, 5 more hours until our limo shows up grin grin Guess I should try to get some sleep tired
Posted By: Diane Campbell

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/24/07 03:24 PM

The strike deadline has moved to 10th March, and both sides are hopeful that there will be enough time to settle things.

Knckrbkr - regardless of the finer legal points, BTL workers struck (in 2005 I think) and the whole system went down. Electronics were destroyed, and fibre-optic cables were severed repeatedly. Repairs would be made and the cables would be cut again.

No 911 / no way to call police, ambulance or fire department. Yes, people did die as a result.

Repair and replacement of the big fibre-optic cables did not come cheaply - and the customers paid for that in the end.

The credit card part was very difficult for travelers. The average local person made little or no money for more than a week - not just in the tourism sector ---- it was everybody everywhere who got hurt.

For US travelers - Homeland Security requires that a manifest of passengers is faxed to the US port of entry before a plane leaves the ground in Belize. No phone - no flights.

Yes, always travel with money - real money - wherever you go. Being one day away from broke is really bad practice even "at home".

The public was angry with the total stupidity of the acts of sabotage, but sympathetic with the reason it was happening. If my memory serves me correctly, there was a full 10-day period with no phone communication with the outside world --- it was not a good thing. Hopefully the workers who did this last time saw how much they hurt their own families and their own villages by taking this route.............. Hopefully reason will prevail this time. I think it will.

Posted By: SeeShell

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/25/07 03:29 PM

I was there for the last strike and I did not have any problems with credit cards or flights. We did pay mostly with cash but we rented a cart one day and they took credit card.
Posted By: Otteralum

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/25/07 04:12 PM

When the telecommunications system is down, vendors "can" take credit cards, but if the card is maxed out or stolen, it's impossible to tell. The CC companies will hold the vendor responsible.
Posted By: travelqueen

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/26/07 05:41 AM

Originally Posted by SeeShell
I was there for the last strike and I did not have any problems with credit cards or flights. We did pay mostly with cash but we rented a cart one day and they took credit card.


I was there during the strike Apr. of '05 and DID have problems with credit cards/ATM and my flight was canceled.

Mar.10? Just in time for Spring Break! Hope they get it figured out before then.
Posted By: ida_y_vuelta

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/26/07 05:44 PM

is this affecting the phone lines now? trying to get a hold of my friend and i can get through sometimes... and the phone usually cuts us off at some point... thought it was my phone for a while?!?! but than we thought that it was his location...

has anyone been having any problems?
Posted By: SeeShell

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 02/27/07 03:05 PM

Well if they strike March 10th - it will be just in time for my visit. They must know we will be there. For the last strike in April of 05 I had no flight problems (keep my fingers crossed this trip). But with the availability of VOIP and Hughes net and all that - I dont understand why there would be a problem unless they dont have VOIP - which it seems most do. Well i cannot think of a better place to be stuck! Better than Chicago.
Posted By: 6string

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 03/08/07 04:38 PM

Just curious, what is the status of the pending strike? Are they out on strike now? I've been trying to get ahold of my resort/hotel via email for a few days and it gets returned as undeliverable. It might be them though cuz it does say over quota.

We wanna bring a laptop with us (good info on line and of course you all!!) to keep up on daily things and have a connection with some things at home. I was wondering how much wireless connectivity there is, esp from our hotel... Seven Seas. Anyone know or even if there are any wi-fi restaurants close by? I don't plan to carry the thing around, just check in with stuff in the mornings.
Posted By: SeeShell

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 03/11/07 03:08 PM

any update on the btl strike?
Posted By: kay johnson

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 03/11/07 04:51 PM

Originally Posted by DGrefreshed
Step out of your comfort zones


grin
Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 03/11/07 10:09 PM

Don't have enough support and doubt they'll get it.
Posted By: tplowe56

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 03/15/07 01:53 AM

So the BTL strike is a non-issue at this time?

Arriving at AC next week 3/23.
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: 3 Days Until Strike at BTL - 03/15/07 01:55 AM

It's not happening.
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