Earlier this month, Belize’s state-run telecommunications company, Belize Telemedia Limited, concluded negotiations with the Belize Communication Workers Union (BCWU) on a collective bargaining agreement which we are told was 15 years in the making.
Today the two sides put pen to paper in Belize City and Chairman of BTL’s Executive Committee, Anwar Barrow, said the agreement represents a positive step forward for union-management relations.
Union President Leann Bardalez noted that the agreement, which sets out a pay increase of 4% retroactive to last October, increased benefits and pension investment and free Digicell 4G for 500 staff members countrywide and gives incentive for other companies to recognize and work with trade unions.
Barrow told the press that he was not fazed by the demonstration of solidarity among union members a few weeks ago. He declined to give exact figures for the salary adjustment, making it unclear how much this will cost the company.