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May 8, 2015

Union Disagrees With How Petrocaribe Loans Act Was Passed

Luke Palacio

While Palacio says that there may not be a problem with the rollout of the funds, the subject of constant disagreement is the manner in which the Petrocaribe Loans Act was passed.  This is in light of the 2005 unrest when the unions protested the previous government for lack of transparency.


Luke Palacio, National President, B.N.T.U.

“I think that there may be some value to that and we, again we need to make it clear.  I don’t think that this whole issue of this Petrocaribe funds is the bone of contention you know.  The bone of contention has to do with the law that was passed.  If the unions of this country in 2005 almost destroyed this country because of lack, what was perceived as lack of accountability and transparency.  You passed a Finance and Audit Reform Act and only to be told down the road ten years later [that] this is now null and void.  That is where the contention is but they are trying to mix it up now, making it, again, partisan politics and we have to stop trying to polarize our country and our people around every single issue that will appear to not be in favor of the government.  And when we say the government we mean the party in government, any party in government.  It seems as if though once it is not in their favor then everybody else is opposition, they are trying to topple the government and all of these types of things and I think we need to try and move away from that.”

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