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Trade Union Congress condemns violence; meets with sugar industry stakeholders

Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2021. 11:09 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: In a statement the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) has advocated for the four major sugar farmers’ associations to unify, or collaborate, to ensure the benefit of all farmers within these associations.

It also condemned and asked for the violence that marked the start of the sugar season on Monday, December 27, to be de-escalated.

The statement follows a meeting between the Congress and Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA), Corozal Sugar Cane Producers Association (CSCPA), Northern Sugar Cane Growers Association (NSCGA) Progressive Sugar Cane Producers Association (PSCPA), Sugar Industry Control Board (SICB), and Belize Sugar Industry/American Sugar Refinery (BSI/ASR) on a fact-finding mission to address the issues within this sector. (The Belize Workers’ Union (BWU) represents BSI/ASR employees within the sector, but none of the associations are recognized specifically as trade unions).

The Congress further called for good-faith discussions between BSCFA and BSI/ASR for the benefit of all within this Sector, for the government to make meaningful interventions on behalf of all cane farmers in Belize and generally for a peaceful resolution to any outstanding issues that need attention.


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