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Labour Department breaks CWU/FCIB deadlock

Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015. 8:17 pm CST.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Late on Monday evening there was a briefing of the press regarding the latest in the ongoing disputeFirst caribbean bank logo between First Caribbean International Bank (FCIB) and the Christian Workers’ Union (CWU) on behalf of the bank’s soon-to-be former workers, who are agitating for their exit package after being told they cannot stay on with FCIB successor Heritage Bank.

From the talk of possible strike action and bitter lashing out at the Government of Belize and Prime Minister Dean Barrow last week, things appear more conciliatory now that negotiations are underway.

The Union is preparing to go back to its members to inform of the compromise reached. Matura-Shepherd points out that these employees also have personal and audrey maturafinancial considerations and this is being ignored in the back-and-forth.

She also points out that the Union will limit its comments as negotiations progress at the behest of employees.

Labour Commissioner Ivan Williams said it was important to get the two sides to the table.

Negotiations are to begin next Monday, September 28.


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