Government: City Council must hire BML workers

In August of this year, following unrest among workers of Belize Maintenance Limited (BML), who were in danger of being dropped by their employer, because the Belize City Council was heavily behind in payments for the weekly sanitation contract, Prime Minister Dean Barrow made a public commitment to have the Council hire all the workers (about 170) when the contract expires next January. But it represents one of many headaches for forward-thinking Mayor Darrell Bradley, who has publicly contended against the burdensome addition to a trimmed City Hall payroll.

While he sympathizes, Prime Minister Barrow made clear that the commitment stands, even as he denied that the party may lose the popular Bradley’s candidacy because of it.

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vlcsnap-2014-12-09-05h40m29s164Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I haven’t heard that and I would think that he is going to run.”

Reporter

“He will run for the UDP as the mayoral candidate?”

Prime Minister Dean Barrow
“I am pretty sure, yes.”

Geovannie Brackett – Plus News Reporter
“More specific sir, word is that he has definitely expressed his discontent with central government, having to agree to suggest to hire all the BML workers.”

Prime Minister Dean Barrow
“I don’t think he is discontent, He said he has his reservations that taking on that size, that number of workers, will post some challenges for the council and I can’t disagree with that. But government is very clear, people’s jobs must be preserved.”

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The Government has not left City Hall on its own, however. Prime Minister Barrow explains what they have done to assist with the transition.

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Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“We were working with two councilors, but they operated under the mayor’s direction. The two councilors went to Houston to try to identify equipment that government is prepare to purchase for the city,  and their trip was approved and paid for by the mayor.”

Reporter

“Albeit reluctantly.”

Prime Minister Dean Barrow
“I don’t know.”

Geovannie Brackett – Plus News Reporter
“Are you prepared that if he was to choose not to run, to select another possible candidate? Maybe a Dion Leslie?”

Prime Minister Dean Barrow
“Why get into that? I think the mayor will run. He has not given me any indication that he is thinking any differently.”

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