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Apr 15, 2019

Senator Elena Smith Votes No

Elena Smith

The social partners added to the debate on the new referendum bill. While the N.G.O. senator Osmany Salas voted yes, Trade Unionist Elena Smith raised several concerns relating to the bill, as well as the move to referendum, but at the end of the day she voted against the legislation.  Here’s what she said.


Elena Smith, Senator for Unions

“The other issue that we have is whether, and it’s not stated here, that the referendum is going to be binding.  I don’t see that mentioned anywhere here, that’s a serious concern for us and we need to address those things Mr. President.  If it is that we want to get this matter dealt with, we have to address all of those issues.  And so we hear about stop giving people misinformation, that is all we have been doing because we have not been telling them the truth.  And so keeping back information from people is giving them misinformation.  That needs to stop and we need to seriously deal with our business and get our persons, get our people well prepared to make their decision.  And so Mr. President, I’ve raised all of these issues.  There are other issues that we have but they were raised before and I don’t want to waste time going over those same things again.  With all that we’ve said Mr. President, all that we’ve raised from the N.T.U.C.B., I will reiterate that we want our people to take part in a referendum, but we want it to be done properly and therefore as the N.T.U.C.B., my direction today was that we say… no to this bill.”

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