Legal Challenges Loom for BSCFA: Northern Cane Farmer Associations Oppose Roadblock Tactics

Legal Challenges Loom for BSCFA: Northern Cane Farmer Associations Oppose Roadblock Tactics

While the association has signed an agreement with BSI/ASR, their troubles are far from over. That’s because the BSCFA is facing possible legal challenges from the three other northern cane farmer’s associations. On Wednesday, the groups issued a joint press release alleging that the BSCFA’s roadblock kept them from delivering cane and violated their right to work. The groups also reminded the BSCFA that its decision to block the mill in 2022 is still pending a final decision for litigation against such losses. However, while the groups say they were affected by the blockade, the BSCFA’s Vice Chairman Alfredo Ortega says otherwise.

Alfredo Ortega, Vice Chairman, BSCFA: “We received that letter that was sent to us and that only shows another way of intimidation to members of the BSCFA. We saw the letter, I think we have sent it to our lawyer so that she can review. We haven’t got any response from her as yet but I do believe that that letter is only a letter of intimidation because we didn’t block BSI. We didn’t block nowhere. What was done here was very simple and it was not in what they have placed in their letter reducing or trying to stop the trucks from going to BSI , nothing like that. It was only to send a message to our government that enough is enough and we want them to react so that we get into what we have got today. It has nothing to do with BSI so I don’t see why is it that they brought out this letter of intimidation, I will use that word of intimidation of which that is their tactics that they have done always.

It is yet to be seen if the associations will move forward with legal action against the BSCFA.

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