The most important voice in the debate on Covid19, vaccines and re-opening the economy are the workers who have maintained, defended and protected the foundations of the economy and the society, especially since Lockdown began in March 2020. Their voice, concerns and proposals for opening up or not and how to do so are paramount. To vaccinate or not is secondary debate and a personal matter for each individual and not the reason for a manufactured controversy manipulated to create splits and tension in the society when calm, rationality and objectivity is vital. Apparently disingenuous arguments of the government whilst seeming to violate the right to a livelihood of workers seems to be behind Union leaders skepticism on vaccines. Reports that the governments apparent ultimatums are mirrored in practice with the business community imposing vaccine ultimatums on workers attest to this. Same companies who reportedly prioritise profit over employees health safety and workers right to a livelihood. Workers TU leaders are obliged to take a stand in defence of their members rights.
It is time Caribbean islands take a case to the International Court of Justice against impositions foisted upon them by international organisations like the European Union (EU) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). “We should speak in one voice, and I think that if we do that, it will send a much stronger message to the European Union and to the OECD, to let them know that we as a region are serious, very serious about the stance we are taking in these matters.'
Belize National Teacher's Union (BNTU) begins day one of its industrial action against the Government of Belize, with a planned strike and protest
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) took advantage of the serious economic, monetary and social crisis that the COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to in most nations of Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen its financial control over the countries in the region that requested loans.
Approximately 60 laid-off staffers from three South Coast hotels mounted a joint “wildcat” protest threatening that, in the absence of definitive answers from their former employers and/or the Government, the protests would increase and intensify. Collectively, the workers want to be paid their severance, they want to know who will be responsible for paying it, and as the Christmas Season reaches its climax, they want to know how soon they will receive it.
Employees of Ready-Mix Ltd will spend the Christmas season with a bitter taste in their mouths, after being laid-off abruptly and subsequently locked out of their place of employment while attempting to collect the documents necessary to file for their unemployment benefits. The surprise actions have also raised suspicions among workers about the breakdown of … Continue reading Workers Defend Right To Livelihood
Nirmal Maraj and Dylan Kerrigan “Racial capitalism” is a brutal socio-economic system. Regionally across the small islands nations and countries of the Caribbean the scars of this system are everywhere. They include the collision of colonialism and capitalism and the legacies of exploitation and dependency that emerged from centuries of structural racism. These include; the transhistorical … Continue reading COVID-19 AND THE IMPACT OF RACIAL CAPITALISM IN THE CARIBBEAN