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BTL Corporate headquarters

Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2020. 6:55 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Communications Workers Union (BCWU) has prepared a counter-proposal for the management of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) regarding a proposed temporary salary cut.

BTL’s management, in an attempt to hold onto its staff despite the economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, made a proposal last week for managers to get a 20 percent cut, general staff would get a 15 percent pay cut, and heads of department would get a 25 percent pay cut.

BCWU President, Garry Yearwood, told our newsroom that the union sought feedback from its general membership and based on that feedback prepared a counter-proposal that should be submitted by the end of today.

“From there we will go into a negotiation and try to come up with a solution to benefit both the company and the members,” Yearwood said.

In an interview with Channel 7’s Jules Vasquez last week, BTL Chief Executive Officer Ivan Tesecum said that the company had recorded contractions within the double digits for prepaid mobile during the pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures. Tesecum noted that, with most customers having to stay home, broadband internet consumption was increased, however, that service is a fixed charge, meanwhile the purchase of mobile data fell sharply.

 

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