The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) is preparing to demonstrate this week against their dissatisfaction in the way the government is handling certain matters. The demonstration is planned for Thursday in Belize City and will have the participation of the majority of the unions. According to Marvin Mora, President of NTUCB, the union is not attacking one set party or administration and has chosen to remain neutral.
Marvin Mora, President, National Trade Union Congress of Belize: “Our deliberations has led us to understand the importance of the NTUCB putting together a show of support in favor of our positions. We are aware that in the meantime we will have to have some open conversations with the government administration currently sitting in power but also we will have to be open to meet with the opposition and other interested groups. We want to be clear here, our issues are not directly against any political party alright? We want to ensure that we all understand our position. The issues raised here are issues of governance and be it as it may we understand also that none of the political parties would dare say condone openly any act of corruption or any act where our finances are misused. For that reason then we understand that some of their values are in line with what we are proposing. In effect we are also stretching out full support from some of their membership in understanding the fact that if we address these critical areas those public black eyes that are received by both political parties whenever they are in power would either cease to exist or would be down to an acceptable minimum.”
The union has called on the public to join in the demonstration. According to Elena Smith, President of BNTU, this is the perfect opportunity for the union to voice their shared concerns.
Elena Smith, President, Belize National Teachers Union: “We are calling on all our partners, other social partners, students, the general public because as brother Mora mentioned earlier this is not a fight against a particular party or government. It’s about the governance and it’s about our country and for that reason we are saying that all persons who are concerned about what is happening in the country putting the matter of Mr.Saldivar aside and looking at all the other issues that we have, we are not focusing on that one point but we are focusing on governance on a whole and so for that reason then we are having all our unions joining together. We know that at times some of us will come out and have our own actions on certain things, this time we are saying that we have had groups who have been out there, who have been putting themselves out there against some of these matters, now we are collaborating and so we’re having now a joining of forces of the unions as well as our other partners; NGO community, the business community, we are calling on them to support us, our student body, parents, students, everybody who has a concern as it relates to what is happening in on our country right now we are inviting those persons to come out and join us.”
The demonstration begins at 9:00am from the Constitution Park to the Memorial Park where there will be a rally.