Glenfield Dennison Elected as New Union Senator

Glenfield Dennison Elected as New Union Senator

Glenfield Dennison will be the new union Senator come April 1.  Dennison was duly elected on Saturday during a meeting of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB).  The 39-year-old currently serves as the Vice Chair of the People’s Constitution Committee. He had vied for the post, along with Marvin Mora.  

Luke Martinez, President, NTUCB: We are making a transition from one Senator to another and there is no handpicking. Everybody gets an equal opportunity to express themselves via votes and we have concluded that today. Monday bright and early we will send our information to the Governor General and we hope for her to respond to us in a rapid fashion. Everybody who contributes to the National Trade Union Congress, the work that they do we could never ever, it could never be compensated I mean you can’t even put a value to the work that we do as trade unionists. Sister Elena took up the leadership on behalf of the National Trade Union Congress in the Senate a few years ago and when she did that it was because previously there were some questions in how the National Trade Union Congress was being represented in the Senate. So she took over during a tough time. She had to prove herself and show to the National Trade Union Congress membership and to Belizeans that she understood her responsibility and her role as a trade unionist and Sister Elena was able to do so while she represented the National Trade Union Congress as our Senator. We are at a point where her term has expired for us based on decisions that we’ve made at previous AGM and so we’re just respecting the decisions of our AGM and so carrying out with what needs to happen so that we could have smooth transition and continuous representation on behalf of the National Trade Union Congress at the Senate. So we definitely continue to thank Sister Elena for th work that she has done and encourage her to continue to contribute to our country in any way possible.”

Martinez also spoke about his expectations for Dennison in the Senate, given that Smith was seen by many as a firebrand Senator. 

Luke Martinez, President, NTUCB: “There’s always a lot of expectations. Primarily always say that once you’re a trade union member and you’re representing the National Trade Union Congress you must understand what are our strategic goals and objectives. We launched our strategic plan last year and each trade union member has an opportunity to review that strategic plan where we have our clear goals and objectives. And my message is always direct when it comes to anybody who represents the National Trade Union Congress; if you are not able to align yourself with our goals and objectives, NTUCB mission and NTUCB vision, you cannot align yourself to support the working class then you can’t represent the National Trade Union Congress. And that expectation with me as leader I’m very serious about that. Very very serious. The nominations would come from the National Trade Union Congress in accordance with the constitution and so internally we would agree on that term at our AGM so it varies. It would be two years, maybe three years and you have to be performing. You have to be performing. We are in the process today by the way of ratifying a policy which would guide that process on the way forward. So this will strengthen our democracy and the democratic process.”

Dennison is a member of the Public Service Union.

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