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Jan 9, 2015

Green Tropics on Guatemalan Laborers

Earlier this week we told you about Guatemalan labourers lined up at the Western border to come into Belize to work. We understood then that they came in on one day passes, but were to work at Green Tropics in Western Belize for one year. On Thursday we asked Minister of Immigration and Labour Godwin Hulse about it, and he claimed ignorance. But it did happen, and it’s all above board, according to Green Tropics Country Representative Beverly Burke. She told News Five via phone today that they’ve gotten all necessary documents and permission from all the relevant authorities.


Via Phone: Beverly Burke, Country Representative, Green Tropics

Via Phone: Beverly Burke

“I know that all, and I can state, all of our employees do have approved work permits. I think the one day pass is a formality and both the Immigration and Labour Departments are fully aware of how we have been doing and what we have been doing. And I want to say that I do believe that the Minister himself might not have that data but both the Labour Commissioner as well as the senior officer in Immigration along with Ms. Marin are fully aware because I personally deal with those issues on behalf of Santander so when I say that, I know that it’s not three hundred, not by a long shot, and I know that they all have gotten approved work permits from the Ministry of Labour. We made a case to the Ministry of labour that our greatest challenge was finding the level of welders, and in so doing we were granted permission to bring in the welders that were required to get the job done. I will say to you that our workforce, the number of employees that we have here at Santander…well over eighty percent of them are actually Belizeans. We have secured work permits for all the non-nationals prior to the Christmas break because we had closed off on the nineteenth of December, so we had to renew everybody’s paperwork, and that was done up until the twenty-third of December, so these guys that were coming in specifically for Santander, and as I said not even a hundred much less three hundred, are direct Santander workers.”


Parent company Santander has been in Belize for two years, and Green Tropics is projecting that they can begin milling cane in 2016. The workers who entered the country this week will be putting together the boilers, a project scheduled for completion in February 2016.


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3 Responses for “Green Tropics on Guatemalan Laborers”

  1. lowjack says:

    YEAH!!!!!! with money you can do anything my friends, like i told you is cheap labor and they will get the benefits of that, corruptions is in the air, and this is only the begining. There is a lot of families that needs that income, but because we are belizeans they have to do it legal and with the guatemalan labor they do it their way simple as that, NOBODYS KNOW NOTHING!!!!!!! YEAH you right

  2. CEO says:

    Seems like the people that should know never really know anything!

    They are caught with their hand in the cookie jar again!

    Now who ever give a one day pass as formality for a one years stay in any country?

    Crap I must say!

  3. Teddy Steinway says:

    Lets all chip in and send the labour minister some newspapers to read so he can keep up on important affairs in his department.

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