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Labour Day message: NTUCB says ‘no happiness’ for workers

Posted: Friday, May 1, 2020. 2:01 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: “A very happy Labour Day 2020”?

It is admittedly half-hearted from the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), who makes note in its address that many workers, including those its unions directly represent, are not happy with being out of a job, out of money (and in some cases food) and not out and about on this Friday.

The Congress scorns “unscrupulous employers who took the “easy way out” by abandoning their loyal employees when they needed you the most,” and gives kudos to those who have not.

The NTUCB makes note that the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequality in society and that “wealth does not come from Capital but from the fruits of the labour of our people.” It adds that while those deemed essential continue to work, they are not earning the salaries commensurate with the importance of their work, and this must change.

The Congress also comments on the distribution of food assistance, admonishing Government to reach the neediest and ensure the process is fair.

It also reiterates its call to good governance: “we will continue the fight in this regard, as we shall not be moved in our resolve for a fair society.”

Finally, the Congress calls on all Belizeans to participate in the democratic process and demand change from our leaders in those areas of inequality laid bare before us. “We can no longer afford to go back to the way things were done before!” It concludes.

The Congress has a membership of at least fourteen trade unions countrywide, representing thousands of workers, both public and private sector.


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