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Feb 3, 2020

Trade Union Congress Gives G.O.B. Ultimatum on UNCAC

Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, when last he gave an update on the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in December of last year, reported that the UN had informed government that it made no sense to proceed with UNCAC-related initiatives until a full report from Tuvalu and Haiti have been submitted.  That new piece of information was shared with the media following a letter written by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry to the AG’s ministry.  The National Trade Union Congress of Belize has also been hard on the AG’s heels in respect of that matter.  Today, the representative body of all trade unions in the country, called a press conference to give government an ultimatum: “show us that you are doing something meaningful with UNCAC by month-end, or else.”  According to Hubert Enriquez, there are recommendations from the executive summary of a pending report that can be implemented in the interim.


Hubert Enriquez

Hubert Enriquez, Executive, N.T.U.C.B.

“Our understanding is a bit different, we feel that, we have always known because we’ve been to trainings which also includes the AG and they have actually spoken about those processes and we have always known that the executive summary in what was published, was published based on the final report.  It’s an executive summary of what’s the real thing and so it actually puzzles us to know that no action is taken because the summary gives recommendations and those recommendations could actually be implemented.  And so we really are puzzled by the response, that response.”



“Will the N.T.U.C.B., as mighty as it is with the combined force of all Belize’s large trade unions, will the N.T.U.C.B. issue a consequence against the Government of Belize?”


Marvin Mora

Marvin Mora, President, N.T.U.C.B.

“Obviously, first we start by providing the Belizean public with the position of the N.T.U.C.B.  Our resolution has made it absolutely clear that if the month of February expires and we do not see any substantial movement on behalf of the government, as you expressed, they’d be going through the motions but we have not seen anything substantial.  If we don’t see anything being done by government of consequence that would signify to us their willingness to continue with the implementation of UNCAC then obviously the N.T.U.C.B. will be left with absolutely no other recourse than to escalate this process.  The N.T.U.C.B. is within its own right to determine how and when they will escalate this process.”

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