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Aug 11, 2011

International Labor Organization is holding 3-day symposium

The occupational safety and health draft legislation is still on the drawing board and consultations with representatives of the different industries are essential to the formation of that piece of law. The International Labor Organization is holding a three day symposium with trade unionists, government departments and utilities representatives to be able to identify hazards in the workplace and to lobby for safety and health committees in the place of work to try and improve the working environment. Dylan Reneau of the NTUCB says that the workshop has real time value for the work place in Belize.

Dylan Reneau, President, N.T.U.C.B.

Dylan Reneau

“It has even more prominence for us because we have draft legislation draft Occupational Safety and Health legislation that was developed by various industries, individuals from various industries. What we are doing here is looking at it from two perspectives. As trade unionist we have collective bargaining agreements that we negotiate and we’re looking at improving occupational safety and health through collective bargaining but at the same time we understand that that only covers organized workers workers that are under the trade unions. The unorganized workers have this old legislation that needs to updated hence the reason we’re looking at the draft bill to get feedback from the social partners on the bill and then we’ll start lobbying the government to pass the bill so that unorganized workers are covered occupational safety and health regulation.”

Anthony Rocheford

Anthony Rocheford, Regional Consultant Rep of I.L.O.

“I think that this discussion here is very pertinent and relevant at this time because the legislation is still in the discussion stage. So therefore, having the awareness with the union and government workers as well that this now gives them an understanding, a better understanding of what should be, what condition should be, what their responsibilities and accountabilities are. Because you see safety and health is normally seen as an expense as oppose to a benefit and one of the things that I’m trying to show here is that safety is not an employer thing only even though the employer has the majority of the responsibility; workers also have the responsibility of ensuring that the conditions are adhered to and that they are to look after their own safety.”

The symposium continues on Friday with a focus on the assessment of the workplace in Belize.

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2 Responses for “International Labor Organization is holding 3-day symposium”

  1. jc says:

    think u the hang out da belize over ur goin to get !@#$ good for ur !@$$ hope they keep u in jail

  2. taurogirl says:

    am glad they are doign this…but i still feel our government needs to do more for belizean workers. the labor department should conduct check ups to different business, government offices, hindu and chinese stores and even those embassies. because alot of foriegners come into our country and they dont want to respect and abide by our labor laws. they abuse belizean employees in a number of ways. the healthy environment is one of the main issue. esp when it comes to those chinese store. another important factor is that many belizeans dont have a job because hindu’s as well as chinese are bringing in their own people to work for them, dats another key area our government needs to look into.

    please GOB look into this issue, its affecting a lot of belizean employees. we are just afraid of loosign our jobs, dats y we dotn speak up, we need the GOB to have our backs , to stand by us and support us. to penalize whomever is abusing their employees, whoemever it is, be belizean stores, hindu, chinese, and even those embassies and other NGO.

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