By BBN Staff: The Belize Communications Workers’ Union (BCWU) is the latest group to publicly reject the Labour (Amendment) Bill 2020.
The BCWU says it stands behind its umbrella organization, the, National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) in opposing the Bill which would enable employers to reduce wages where employee’s working hours have been reduced due to “special circumstances” to provide for leave of absence without pay in “special circumstances,” and to provide for an exemption from the period of night rest.
“During these challenging times, the Labour Laws of Belize should be amended so that it protects the right of the employees and not only the employers. It is clear to all that the Labour force have been distressed by the effects of Covid-19 and to now extract rights from workers by way of this amendment to the Labour Law is repugnant,” the BCWU said.
“This Amendment was never tabled at the Labour Advisory Board where the Unions could have studied and made meaningful contributions.”
The union added that all affected should be given a fair opportunity to contribute to the conversation, as it directly affects their livelihood. The union closed by calling on the Government Belize to do right by the country’s workers.