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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019. 7:20 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, Police Commissioner Chester Williams addressed his legal battle with the Police Association and said that entities such as the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB )  and Union Senator Elena Smith, should not get themselves involved in the matter.

Williams, responding to comments made by NTUCB President and Senator Smith last week, stressed that the business of the police association is not within their purview.

“They are jumping into something they have no business into. They need to understand first and foremost that the police association is not a union.” Williams said.

He notes that the constitution expressly forbids police and members of the security forces from being a part of a union. He also stressed that, according to the Police Act, the Police Association works for the Commissioner of Police as an advisory body on welfare issues other than transfers and promotions.

The comments stem from Police Corporal Eldon Arzu’s legal claim for an injunction to bar the ComPol from amending the Police Association Rules effectively limiting the term for the post of chairman to two years. The NTUCB and Senator Smith came out in public defense of Arzu’s actions on the basis that the association is supposed to be a body that can carry out its functions without interference from police senior command.

“We cannot allow our employers to want to come and take over our unions or our associations and not allow the workers to have some avenue for which they can share their concerns and those concerns can then be responded to by the association,” Smith said in an interview with Channel 7 News.

 

 

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