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Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2021. 6:52 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) is calling on the Government of Belize (GOB) and the members of the Joint Union Negotiating Team (JUNT) to desist from releasing advertisements speaking negatively about each other, as it hurts the ongoing negotiating process.

At a press conference today, BCCI President Marissa Longsworth explained that the trust between negotiating parties is fundamental in any set of negotiations and that the advertisements coming from either side are creating an environment that makes trusting each other difficult.

“What happens is, because you have that chaotic development in between meetings that are supposed to be structured and organized when you return to the table instead of picking up from just what was said at the last meeting behind closed doors and haven’t said anything again…when you return to the table you return with new bad blood and bitterness and questions about why it is that someone said what was said outside the meeting room,” Longsworth said.

She stressed that both parties need to acknowledge that running these ads have the potential to cause that kind of damage and hindrance to the negotiation process and strive towards better team building.

Both the Government of Belize and the unions are currently producing advertisements advancing their own positions while criticizing the other side. The unions stress that the government campaign demeaning the unions is unprecedented and appalling, while the government stresses that the unions’ position is selfish and places the entire Belizean economy at risk.

 

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