The mother of all unions in Belize, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize had virtual elections over the weekend. The new President of the NTUCB, Luis Martinez was voted as the most favorable to succeed Marvin Mora. Love News met up with him where he explained that the Occupation and Safety Bill is of paramount importance to the union.
Luis Luke Martinez, President, National Trade Union Congress of Belize: “The world has transformed and so the setting in the workforce has changed a lot and so we have to ensure that the working class are not left behind. I believe that we can do it. I believe that I could lead the labor movement into that direction. We have been in communications with the Government and Chamber in terms of this Good Governance discussions that have been going on and so leading that definitely has to be the Occupational and Health Safety bill that has been one of our pet peeves so we’ll be charging that and also there are numerous committees and boards that we sit on and so we have to ensure that those boards and committees that are established but not only that they’re established but to ensure that they are functional and not only functional either. The working class provide recommendations and so we expect that these recommendations are followed through. Last year we had a huge rally and so that went under the slogan of “Only The People Can Save The People.” and so we are very serious about that. It’s not about “oh the union wants a seat on that board and lets just give them a seat.” No it’s not that. We have to be a part of the good governance process and ensure that the working class is not disenfranchised, that is a great part of our focus. We have a great and wonderful team that will ensure that the works are completed.“
The other elected executive members are Miguel Aguilar as the Second Vice President; Trisha Perez as the Education Director; Ella Waight as the Assistant Secretary General; Leonora Flowers as the Trustee, and Philipa MacDonald as the Assistant Treasurer. Other executive members include Clifford Martinez as the First Vice President; Patrick Balan as the General Secretary; Jorge Mejia as the Treasurer; Dean Flowers as the Auditor; Phillip Tate as the Councillor and Addy Aguilar as the Director of Gender Affairs. The election of the new executive was part of the union’s 54th Annual General Meeting.