By Alexis R. Milan
Disgruntled Social Security Board employees are eager to settle their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which has stalled for almost a year, but the Christian Workers Union (CWU), which represents them, has not authorized any strike action.
It was reported that the SSB employees were considering industrial action as early as Friday to force the matter to the forefront and bring about a resolution the way the Belize Energy Workers’ Union (BEWU) did earlier this week.
CWU President Audrey Matura-Shepherd, however, told the Reporter that this is not the case, at least not yet.
Shepherd said strike action would only be considered if the union felt it had exhausted all other available options, but the Union does not believe it has come to that point. She added that the Union has not sanctioned or approved any strike, but the CWU would like to settle the matter in as timely a manner as possible, for the benefit of the employees.
According to Shepherd, the employees have sent their proposals for a CBA to the managers of the company since last November and haven’t received any response. She added that the Union’s position may change, based on the response it receives or don’t receive.
It is reported that the employees are even more eager to have the issue resolved before the upcoming General Elections because they fear that if there is a change in the government, the issue may be put to the side indefinitely or if the current administration remains in government, the management will be in no rush to settle on collective bargaining agreement, as it has over the last year.