Tuesday, April 15, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Earlier this year we reported that Nelson Young, former employee of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), has been waiting for at least a year for the decision of an Essential Services Tribunal convened by the Ministry of Labour in 2012 to look into his case.
Nine years ago he was fired at the height of civil unrest in 2005 by the Ashcroft regime in charge at the time, along with two others and later union representative Christine Perriott.
When we last checked with authorities we were told that the report is on the desk of Minister of Labour, Senator Godwin Hulse.
Today he told us that it’s still there, but because they needed legal advice from the Solicitor General’s Office on certain issues with regard to the report.
That advice is coming next week and thereafter the report should be issued to both sides.
The Minister says that since Young is currently without the services of his attorney, temporary Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore, the Department has undertaken to inform him of the status of his case.
We also asked the Minister about information we received that there was a disagreement over compensation to public officers selected to be members of this and other labour tribunals.
He says it’s been resolved satisfactorily and the Ministry does not have to pay extra to senior public officers who are asked to sit on these tribunals.
The result of the tribunal remains unknown, at least until both sides get the report sometime next week.
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