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May 4, 2015

N.T.U.C.B. Labour Day Event Draws Lacklustre Crowd

Friday, May first was celebrated as Labour Day in Belize and in numerous countries. Unlike other places where rallies and related events draw massive participation, there was a disappointing attendance at the event organized by the National Trade Union Congress of Belize.  The umbrella organization wanted to rally its members for an event at the B.T.L. Park under the theme of “Celebrating the Belizean Worker – The Backbone of the Economy.”  But the turnout was lacking, as noted by N.T.U.C.B. President, Marvin Mora. Despite the poor showing, the message remained the same as a day for the workers of Belize.

 

Marvin Mora, President, N.T.U.C.B.

“This is the second attempt at it and it is getting bigger as you can see; we are gathering more crowd every year, but we still noh reach where we want to go. It is roughly among fifty are here, mostly trade union leaders. One of the things that we noticed was that we never really did so much public announcement on the event as we should have and the other thing—again I reiterate my position—the trade union’s leadership and the trade unions need to buy into the event. They need to see the event for what it can become and should become.”

 

Marvin Mora

Reporter

“Now, tell us what Labour Day means to you personally.”

 

Marvin Mora

“For me, personally, Labour Day means a day of recognition for the efforts via the labour of all the workers across the country for the development of the country.”

 

Reporter

“Tell us a little more about today’s even; what’s planned.”

 

Marvin Mora

“Well today, as you see we have an agenda and we have some speeches from some of the union leaders; the president’s message that is aired out during the course of the day and also we have some food and some refreshments for the members and the people who attend.”

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