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Jun 16, 2017

Protest Planned to Address Minimum Wage

A group of Belizeans who probably agree with the conclusions of the International Monetary Fund is the Belize Leaders for Social Justice. It is a grouping of social justice organizations dedicated to fighting for the cause of the common man, and they are hoping that Belizeans will brave the expected wet weather this weekend to come out and protest for a lift in the minimum wage of three dollars and thirty cents and other related economic relief including a reduction in gas prices and organized efforts to provide low-cost health care, housing, and education for the poorest of the poor. Leader of the Leaders for Social Justice Moses Sulph says that the Belizean political elite should consider their less well-heeled fellows.

 

Moses Sulph

Moses Sulph, Belize Leaders for Social Justice

“There are thousands of Belizeans who are asked to make blood out of stone by providing for themselves and their families from a starvation wage which is three dollars and thirty cents per hour. Now I am saying I am willing to accept – my organization, Belize Leaders for Social Justice and all my group members and other members are willing to accept – if all those out there, the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the members of Cabinet, the Opposition Leader, members of the Opposition, the clergy, the legal fraternity, can survive on three dollars and thirty cents an hour, then you need not raise the minimum wage; but if it is that you cannot – if you cannot provide healthcare, housing, food, clothing, shelter, education for your kids on three dollars and thirty cents an hour, then make no argument about it; make no debate about it – raise the minimum wage. We need to understand that our people are suffering; they need opportunity in job creation, they need better wages, a fair wage in order for them to provide for themselves and their families.”

 

The demonstration begins at Constitution Park at nine-thirty in the morning and proceeds to Battlefield Park for a rally featuring such guest speakers as poet and social activist Erwin X; Geovannie Brackett of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action and Perry Smith of Days of Healing, among others.

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