Belize Government Green Lights Overhaul of Labour Act

Belize Government Green Lights Overhaul of Labour Act

On January 23, we told you of the imminent overhaul of the Labour Act being undertaken by the Ministry of Labour.  At the time, it was a plan in the pipeline, but tonight, the government has given the green light, and the ministry has now embarked on a comprehensive review and modernization of the Labour Act which has not been tweaked since 1960. The Ministry of Labour has partnered with the labour unions and the International Labor Organization (ILO) to craft laws that reflect the needs and concerns of the current workforce. According to the government, the move also supports its efforts to update existing laws that may impact workers’ and employers’ rights and obligations. NTUCB President, Luis Martinez, says the move is seen as progressive and is welcomed by the unions. 

The review commenced this month and is expected to be completed in a year. It is being funded by the government and the ILO.

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