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UDP’s Orson Picart discusses City Council employees’ issues

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Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2021. 6:24 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: It didn’t take long for the United Democratic Party and its Belize City municipal candidates to take up the suddenly explosive issue of the outstanding collective bargaining agreement between the Christian Worker’s Union and the Belize City Council.

Mayoral Candidate Orson Picart sent us a 78-second-long video statement overnight – more of a campaign advertisement – outlining his concerns.

“Staff morale at the Belize City Council is at an all-time low right now,” Picart charges, adding that sanitation workers have been disenfranchised; senior members of staff replaced by persons with lesser qualifications; traffic wardens have not been established as full-time workers despite being appraised and employees of the Works Department are in “deplorable conditions.”

Picart says it is as simple as ensuring that workers get what is due them: “We should always take care of the PEOPLE, who takes care of OUR City.”

Whether that translates to votes in March is another matter, but Picart assures that a Council he leads will “build back” the Old Capital.

 

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