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International trade union body congratulates unions in Belize for organizing demonstration

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2020. 6:52 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has congratulated the National Trade Union Congress of Belize on its decision to hold a peaceful demonstration against corruption today.

The ITUC applauded the NTUCB’s efforts, noting that people all over the world are losing faith in their governments and political systems due to corruption.

“Your demands, including the full implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption are just and must be heeded,” the ITUC said.

The ITUC, which represents some 200 million union members in 332 affiliates spanning across 163 countries, said that it is proud to be associated with the NTUCB.

The NTUCB announced the demonstration this week in pursuit of having six demands met by the Government of Belize.

Those demands were: “1. No elections until the implementation of all campaign financing laws that mandate a) All existing and aspiring politicians to disclose the source of their campaign finance exceeding $1,000 Belize, b) to establish limits on campaign contributions from individual donors, and organizations, as well as annual cumulative contributions, (eg., $4,000 Belize), and c), that politicians of political parties disclose official donors’ list during campaign periods.”

“2. No elections until the reconvening of meetings for the UNCAC Steering Committee, the adaption of recommendations from the executive summary, and begin procedures for the second phase of the UNCAC Process.”

“3. No elections until the Senate Report on the Immigration Department is tabled, and for police investigations, and convictions where illegal actions are reported.”

“4. No elections until the re-structuring of the Integrity Commission, and the Public Accounts Committee, for reduced government influence in roles and responsibilities, due to political appointees, and for more efficient oversight on government spending.”

“5. No elections until the implementation of sanctions or penalties for individuals found liable, and or contravene, violated, or did not comply with the provisions of the Finance and Audit Reform Act #12 of 2005. And finally…”

“6. No elections until the start of an independent investigation into alleged wrongdoing by the former Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar and all other named public officials, public servants, and individuals.”


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