Labour Act Overhaul on the Horizon: Belize Ministry of Labour Collaborates with Unions and ILO
An overhaul of Belize’s Labour Act may be in the pipeline as the Ministry of Labour has undertaken a comprehensive review of the Act. They are working in partnership with the local labour unions and the International Labor Organization (ILO). According to the ministry, this exercise is overdue as the current laws are decades’ old and do not reflect the needs and concerns of the current workforce. The review has begun, and according to the ministry’s Chief Executive Officer, Valentino Shal, the main objective is to modernize the laws, and subsequently improving the rights of workers and employers.
A comprehensive review entails looking at the Act as a whole, whilst analyzing the laws that no longer apply, and the laws that would be more fitting in this day and age. According to CEO Shal, this endeavor will take approximately one year, and will look at various aspects of employee rights.
The venture is being funded by the ILO and the Government of Belize. ////