N.T.U.C.B. celebrates anniversary and plans the next 5 years
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize, the umbrella organization representing unionized workers across the country, is celebrating its anniversary this week. The N.T.U.C.B. is comprised of a number of interest groups, including the Belize Energy Workers Union, the Belize Communications Workers Union, as well as the Public Service Union which will be commemorating ninety years of existence in August. Members from the various unions met today to chart a five-year plan after which they will be making presentations to the Prime Minister.
Elena Smith, General Secretary, N.T.U.C.B.
“On Wednesday, as you said, was our forty-sixth anniversary and the coming of all our affiliates together and so we’re celebrating that forty-sixth anniversary. We have been doing several activities, one of which is a training for today whence we had a meeting to review our strategic plan to see where we are and, you know, how much more we have to do in the next five years. We’ve been on the radio shows, on the morning shows to talk about our forty-sixth year and we conclude the week today with our training and a meeting with the prime minister later this evening.”
“Talk to us a bit about some of the topics discussed during this training today.”
“Okay. The training is really for the regular union members, not for the executive members but the rank and file, so regular union members and we focused today on unionism, basically what it is to be in a union. What is a union? What are our functions as union members, you know, what should we do, what should we expect of our executive members within our unions and then we looked at accounting for our union dues. What happens to the monies that we pay into our unions? What does the union do with it and how can we assist our unions in investing our funds so that they can provide more for its members. And then finally we’re having a call to action where we have union members get involved with their unions. So we want them to not be just members but active members for the various unions. So they will be given assignments that they must carry out and they shall report to the N.T.U.C.B. within a month or so with a report card.”