By Marion V. Ali
The Belize Communication Workers’ Union says it supports the leadership of Anwar Barrow as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Belize Telemedia.
In a press release circulated Thursday, the union states that it is “of the view that the stewardship of the company is off to a good start”.
The public announcement came after Barrow proved to be instrumental in successfully bringing to a close a prolonged round of negotiations between company and employees over salaries and benefits.
Coincidentally, the union and the company struck common ground on the set of proposals on Thursday after the employees country wide slammed their desks last Friday, once in the morning and again in the afternoon.
Their low-keyed protest was intended to speed up the same negotiations which they felt was going nowhere.
BTL presented the BCWU leadership with new proposals, however, and after meeting with its membership, the union decided to accept the package.
The talks, which began in June of 2013, resulted in a three-year agreement, effective from October 2013 to September 2016. It includes a four percent salary increase each year, retroactive to October of last year; a one percent increase in company and staff pension contributions; a $25 increase per month increase for phone benefit for staff; and free mobile 4G service for all staff members.
BTL’s General Manager of Customer Service, Dionne Miranda, told The Reporter that it does not hold any malice towards its employees for the “organized coordinated effort” last Friday.
She added that the company has also offered a three-day paternity leave for its male staffers and have agreed to increase the burial benefit from $1,000 to $3,000. She concluded that the company’s management feels that the BCWU leadership is respectful and its management too joins the union in expressing its support for Barrow’s leadership.