Union Supports Terminated Gas Turbine Workers

vlcsnap-2014-05-16-21h52m37s244Belize Electricity Limited, still owned by the Government, has been grappling with the issue of four employees which work at the Mile 8 George Price Highway gas turbine facility.

It is a key operation needed to power Belize City up after blackouts but the company says it does not need manual assistance to run.

The Union disagrees, but the four workers are expected to be sent home as of tomorrow, Saturday, May 17.

Today the Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU) led employees in a show of solidarity outside the company’s Philip Goldson Highway offices. Union President Henry Balan says the workers were not treated fairly.

vlcsnap-2014-05-16-21h46m34s196Henry Balan- President of Workers’ Union

“We are looking at the position that there are…to us it is a big insult to meet dehn day after dehn guys are home.  We understand that the Board made the decisions with the recommendation that came from the management, but there was no recommendation from us.  I think it is time for us to change that character because it impacts not only the company, it impacts the employees and the whole country in a whole”.

Balan says the company misrepresented the 2012 agreement it signed with the Union and Labour Commissioner Ivan Williams.

President of Workers’ Union:  “The agreements for that were three:  

vlcsnap-2014-05-16-21h53m22s751) BEL is going to release the Gas Turbine, which in reality we can see that that has happened.  

2)The Union is still in a position in which we don’t agree with.  It is a bad call, a call that was not justified and does not suit to help the country”.

Balan says any talk of industrial action will be left to members of the Union to decide.

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