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Posted: Wednesday, February 7, 2018. 9:19 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), which have long been at odds over the final draft of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Bill, have agreed to form a working committee to review and finalize an agreeable version of the bill.

According to the Chamber, via a statement released yesterday, said the parties met on February 1 and agreed that a working committee is the best mechanism to ensure that the concerns of both the labor and private sector are adequately addressed.

BCCI President Nikita Usher said: “I am encouraged by the level of commitment expressed at today’s meeting. It is clear that both the private sector and labor desire to collaborate and come to a finalized and workable version of the OSH Bill as soon as possible.” Likewise, NTUCB President Floyd Neal commended the degree of seriousness that all parties demonstrated towards the process, and expressed confidence in the ability of the committee to achieve significant progress.

The OSH Bill was first tabled at the House in January 2014 and has since undergone some modification following difference in opinions between the NTUCB and the Chamber, who believed that the bill in the form it was introduced was too problematic for Belize’s small business environment.

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