By Aaron Humes: The Caribbean office of the International Labour Organization (ILO) continues to support Belize in the revision and modernization of the Labour Laws among other issues.
Director Dennis Zulu and specialist for Social Protection and Occupational Safety and Health Ariel Pino have completed a visit to Belize, where they met with major trade unions as well as Oscar Requeña, Minister of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour, and Local Government, as well as CEO Valentino Shal and Claire Lamb, Senior Labour Officer.
Among the topics discussed were the forthcoming increase in the minimum wage to five dollars an hour, child labour, digitization of labour services, and workforce preparedness. The Minister updated the Labor Department’s activities over the past year, as well as the progress of various projects.
Both Minister Requeña and his team, as well as the Director of the ILO, have committed to maintaining a strong relationship that fosters teamwork and capacity building for the benefit of employers, employees, and the people of Belize.