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National Trade Union Congress strikes out again with fifth request to meet Prime Minister

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2023. 5:03 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Prime Minister’s visit to Guatemala for the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) appears to have quashed a fifth attempt by the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) to meet with him on pressing issues.

The Congress publicized its May 3 letter to John Briceno asking for a date between May 8 and 12, but the P.M. left on May 11 and returns to the country on May 15. No word on whether a date was ultimately agreed to.

And there is lots to talk about from the union side in the broad areas of legislation and policy. Under the former, there is the approval of protocols concerning Occupational Health and Safety and movement on good governance bills.

In areas of policy, the Congress has taken interest in the Commerce Bight Port; appointing a union representative on the Central Bank of Belize Board of Governors; obtaining a formal report on the economy and adopting a mechanism for regular consultation with social partners; the appointment of a full-time Auditor General as incumbent Dorothy Bradley’s contract runs out and staffing of hers and other associated offices; agreeing to quarterly meetings with the unions; supporting Social Security Board representatives under the Christian Workers’ Union (CWU) to attend meetings; and immigration and particularly the Jamaica/Haiti smuggling issue.


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