The Budget Reading is set for tomorrow in Belmopan. Tomorrow also marks the first deadline from the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) as it relates to the six demands they made in February. NTUCB’s President Marvin Mora spoke briefly to the media on this deadline.
Marvin Mora, President of NTUCB: “The first deadline will be this coming Thursday to see what will be the reaction in regards to what we’re asking for the budget especially as it relates to the UNCAC itself and the Integrity Commission where want to see some substantial allocation of funds. I mean at the end of the day all the issues of governance eventually end up in situations where just like this people will end up losing their jobs so we cannot continue sitting and doing nothing about it. I think it is high time for us to deal with it.”
Reporter: Now I know you all have also written to the Prime Minister have you all yet received a response ?
Marvin Mora, President of NTUCB: “I believe there was a a response but I’m not sure, I haven’t checked it because I wasn’t in office today so I believe there was a response sent by the Prime Minister. The first of the committee will be looking at it, the executive committee, and then obviously after that then we will decide what we will do if we call a general council meeting or we brief everybody through a note.”
Mora went on to speak to the media on the demands and how they tie in with the budget for 2020/2021.
Marvin Mora, President of NTUCB: “The decisions of the congress are based on information I receive. We’re looking at issues relating to facts and logic and we will drive our decisions based on those. So sometimes there is new information or substantial information that comes to us that makes us fine tune those demands but we’re not changing the demands we’re just ensuring that we are very specific about what we’re asking.”
Reporter: Now a lot of those refer to the budget which will be presented tomorrow, once you find favorable results tomorrow or you get favorable results tomorrow what happens then because you’ll be left with only a few demands.
Marvin Mora, President of NTUCB: “Right. We will not stop and this movement is just starting with the line of demands that we should have been making a long time ago. It has taken us this long because we have given this process all the respect it deserves, we have worked the process and obviously there is not change so if there is no change and there is no movement on behalf of the government then we will proceed with our actions, we’ll proceed with our strategy. We’re not here to decide which party you want to elect that’s up to you we have to make that very clear but we want to assure that we are here in the best interest of our country and we want to respect the law but at the same time want to ensure that those who are in power also respect the law.”
Love News will be at tomorrow’s reading and will report to you on the Sitting of the House.