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Sunday, February 13, 2011 THE BELIZE TIMES 1 Issue No. 4731 SUNDAY February 13, 2011 Social Security employees plan nationwide protest Belize City, February 9, 2011 Reliable sources have indicated to the BELIZE TIMES that hundreds of Social Security workers are planning to stage a sickout against their management – of all days on Valentine’s Day, Monday February 14th. We are told that the action is meant to show how much “love” the workers have for their managers, especially their Chief Executive Officer Merlene Bailey-Martinez, who has shown total indifference towards their concerns. So what has transpired at Social Security to have workers up in arms? We understand that a series of disagreements between the management and the union, and the management and employees over sala- ry increases, sick leave, health risks, and worker’s incentives, has been the main causes. In 2007, Social Security workers through their union, the Christian Workers Union, commenced negotiations under the former PUP administration for salary increases. That process was blocked when the Barrow Administra- Continued on page 2 Fleecing BTL? Belize City, February 8, 2011 An on-going investigation into the relationship between a small cellular phone company and Belize Telemedia Limited has revealed some very interesting facts. The company, Cellular Plus, which has a small outlet on Freetown Road in Belize City, has recorded profits in the millions for the year 2010. To be exact, their profits between January 2010 and December 2010 are $3,397,048.58. Cola, et al. 3-month deadline for referendum Belize City, February 9th, 2011 Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced today that he is giving the organisations calling for a referendum on the offshore oil exploration issue, a 3-month deadline to get the number of signatures Continued on page 2 RAMIRO wins Corozal South West Convention See page 20 Continued on page 2 Jaime Headman Barrow gives ‘Pesero’ shot four times, clings to life at Medical Associates CRISIS AGAIN See page 31 See page 4 SUGARCANE

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