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Feb 3, 2020

N.T.U.C.B. Comments on Lev Dermen and UNCAC

Lev Dermen

The trade unions are galvanizing and this time they are taking aim at government on a number of issues that are pertinent to their respective organizations.  Today, the Christian Workers Union met with the Ministry of Trade and Investment to discuss a labour concern.  That was followed by a press conference called by the National Trade Union Congress of Belize during which B.N.T.U. President Elena Smith represented the teachers union at the head table.  We will get to those stories shortly; however, since we continue to provide extensive coverage on the Lev Dermen trial, we will begin with the N.T.U.C.B.’s take on the ongoing scandal.  The umbrella organization says that it is fully aware of the public outrage in the wake of allegations made against Minister of National Security John Saldivar, but that it has not been discussed thoroughly amongst its membership.  This afternoon, President Marvin Mora weighed in on the matter from the perspective of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.


Marvin Mora

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

“The National Trade Union Congress of Belize usually goes through a process of discussion where we look at the matter at hand.  If it’s a matter of national importance or if it’s a matter that will adversely affect our country, we foment discussions based on evidence and facts that are brought forward.  The issue of Lev Dermen and his accusations levied at one of our ministers and elected officials has not been ventilated at the N.T.U.C.B. as yet.  I can tell you though that if any improprieties are found to be, obviously the N.T.U.C.B. will one hundred percent be against those.  In fact, it is because of issues like these that the N.T.U.C.B. has found it absolutely necessary to pen down the resolution that has us here today.  Honestly, we would be fighting a losing case if it is that the UNCAC recommendations are not implemented because we would be fighting a war where we don’t have any teeth.  So the legislation that needs to be in place first has to go in so that we can put our case together.  Whether N.T.U.C.B. goes at it alone or we synchronize efforts with other N.G.O.s and other bodies that are interested to be able to mount a legal challenge if we have to.”

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