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BEL, BEWU may settle Monday, Labor Minister hopes

By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter

Negotiations between the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) and the Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU) over an eight percent salary raise may be settled as early as Monday, Labor Minister Godwin Hulse said he hoped for.

BEL management and the BEWU are set to meet on Monday and Hulse said he expects that they can settle the negotiations then.

He said the two parties are not that far apart and he doesn’t believe any industrial action will happen, as the Union had threatened to strike. According to Hulse, the negotiating teams were unable to meet this week due to a death in the family of one yof the union negotiators.

BEWU Vice President Marvin Mora told The Reporter on Thursday, however, that the Union is of the opinion that BEL has repackaged the original proposal and presented it differently.

According to Mora, a Union strike is almost inevitable, unless the proposal is changed. The Union has maintained its demand for an eight percent salary raise along with other demands but negotiations have dragged on for a year.

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