Wednesday, May 20th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: We reported earlier this week that workers from Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) missed work on Monday, even as negotiations progress on a possible increase in salary between 10 and 12.5% under the collective bargaining agreement.
Neither side is allowed to speak about the progress of the negotiations, but the Belize Energy Workers‘ Union (BEWU) has demanded an apology from television station Channel 7 over what it calls a “misleading and outright defamatory” report aired on Tuesday night.
According to the Union, it had no knowledge of the sickout which claimed over 80 workers on Monday. While not giving a figure, it denies asking for anything close to 12.5% over four years as claimed, and says it has never asked for that much.
It also denies that salaries are expected to go up 50%. The Union accuses the television station of “discrediting the reputation of the non-management employees of BEL and their Union,” and warns the rest of the press against “sensationalizing” stories such as these when there is little information to go on.
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