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Jan 6, 2014

B.N.T.U. reaffirms its support for the Occupational Safety and Health Bill

Luke Palacio

Back to the Belize National Teachers’ Union…During the last house meeting on December twelfth, executives from the National Trade Union Congress of Belize were ejected from the gallery after vocally protesting for the introduction of the Occupational Safety and Health Bill.  The proposed law has been in the pipeline for quite some time and even after being thoroughly scrutinized it remained off the agenda.  Following that incident, the prime minister indicated that the bill will be introduced in the next house meeting.  This morning, during a press conference, B.N.T.U. national president Luke Palacio reaffirmed the union’s support for the presentation of the bill since, according to Palacio, the issue affects all workers.


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

“Another issue that affects all workers in this country and the Trade Union Congress is pushing it and we are in full support is the matter of the Occupational Safety and Health Bill.  All of us work in some very dangerous conditions and our employers give us the minimum.  If this bill is passed as the union perceives it and wants it to be we will be better off for our workers.  So this is not only about teachers anymore and public officers, this is for all workers in Belize.  The TUC has indicated that this is the year of the worker, we are going to actively participate in that activity.”


The union announced that it will be holding rallies every Friday of this month at district branches. The first will be next Friday at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Orange Walk in the morning and in Corozal later that day. A full schedule will be released later. 

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