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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019. 1:25 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes:The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Workers Union will once again approach the management of the hospital after meeting this week with Health Minister Pablo Marin and senior ministry officials in Belmopan.

The meeting had been scheduled before Friday’s short walkout at the hospital compound in Belize City.

The union is angling for court action after conflicting legal opinions were drafted, but president Lidia Alpuche-Blake says the Ministry prefers they negotiate.

In the last letter sent by Alpuche-Blake to hospital C.E.O. Michelle Cox Hoare, she is informed of the considered opinion of the staff that the KHMH “administration is at the very least not interested in their overall well-being and their long term benefits. Your robust quest in reducing wastage and arbitrary cutting of cost has many of the staff members feeling disenfranchised of their employment rights and benefits in the past few weeks.”

The president says the key to resolving the tension is further communication and a revision of the memorandum of understanding between the two sides.

A meeting will now be convened with the KHMH board, GOB representatives and the Union. The Union will also request the board’s permission to be granted a meeting with the staff to update them on the issue.

 

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