By Alexsis R. Milan
Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) executives and its workers’ union, the Belize Communications Workers Union (BCWU) have signed a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
The agreement was signed on Tuesday at The Renaissance Towers and BTL Executive Committee Chairman Anwar Barrow said that the signing was significant, given that the last CBA was signed 15-years ago.
he conditions of the CBA include a four percent increase each year for the next three-years, an increase in subsistence and lodging allowances, an increase in burial grant allowance, a new paternity grant, the provision of 4G service to all staff members, and most importantly, an increase in the company’s contribution to the employees pension scheme, Barrow explained.
Barrow said the stakes in the telecommunication industry both locally and internationally are high and expects that the new CBA will re-invigorate BTL workers to become greater ambassadors of the company as it pushes for growth. “Over the coming months the public will see a more nimble, responsive and new age BTL that will offer them a greater value proposition and customer experience to attract their business,” Barrow declared.
Barrow also stated that moving forward the union would have unfettered access to management to lodge its concerns.
BCWU President Leann Bardalez said that the agreement would ensure that workers’ rights are respected through consultation and cooperation.
The agreement is for a period of three years retroactive to October 2013 through to September 2016.
Barrow did not provide exact figures in terms of company costs but said that BTL was prepared to make that commitment to its workers.