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Jan 21, 2021

U.D.P. to Challenge Mass Termination

Orson “OJ” Elrington

During its press conference today, the Opposition condemned what it described as mass firings across the country.  Some twenty-four employees at the Novelo’s Bus Terminal in Belize City were let go last week.  A total of sixty employees were released from the Department of Transport.  The government says that many of these persons were phantom workers.  But the Opposition sees it as political victimization, and they plan to challenge the terminations in court.

 

Orson “OJ” Elrington, Attorney, U.D.P.

“The People’s United Party promised we are going to provide jobs. Well they have done the opposite of that. Hundreds and hundreds of Belizeans are illegally losing their jobs. Just last week Saturday alone, in one single day, in one single government department over eighty persons I believe lost their jobs. Why? What is their crime? What is the singular crime that they have in common? They are not P.U.P. stalwart supporters I think. Some of them are P.U.P. supporters but maybe they did not wave their blue and white flag enough but some of them are U.D.P. supporters. But whatever it is, it is that our constitution provides protection that persons cannot be discriminated against because of their political affiliations or lack thereof. We are currently exploring along with the legal team in the U.D.P. the likelihood of pursuing a constitutional claim for discrimination on behalf of some of these people because of them there clear cases that the singular reasons that they have been fired is that they are U.D.P.s. That is something that is completely unacceptable.”


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