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NTUCB: ‘Start of a revolution’

NTUCB press conference

Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020. 1:21 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The revolution is here, says President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), Marvin Mora.

It will not be a violent one, he added – at least not with the encouragement of the Trade Unions.

But it is necessary, he said, in order to create significant change in the way we are governed.

The unions will be marching on Thursday at 10 a.m. from Constitution Park to Memorial Park in Belize City and the Congress is collaborating with those who have concerns about what is happening, according to Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) President Senator Elena Smith. It has the support of all member unions but Mora says the movement must continue beyond this week.

Mora made note that elements of the major political parties are somewhat in agreement on these points; now there needs to be the political will to complete them.

And how far are the unions prepared to go? Mora says the Congress is prepared to negotiate with Government, supported by the Union’s leadership.

Hubert Enriquez reminded that past political leaders have failed to live up to their promises after standing by the unions in the last major protest in 2005. The Congress, he says, wants to prevent a reoccurrence of people calling for national elections without putting in place the reforms necessary to make them fair and equitable.

And Senator Smith says if any of the parties try to stall or bury these matters in their political manifestos, that is an indication of maintenance of the status quo, which the Congress will not tolerate.

In the end, says Mora, the Congress cannot go it alone; all who are willing to participate can do so, for only the people can save the people.


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