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.
Belize National Teacher's Union (BNTU) begins day one of its industrial action against the Government of Belize, with a planned strike and protest
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, on Thursday evening, ordered that all persons evacuate from the Red Zone, as La Soufriere could erupt explosively, without further warning, within the next 24 to 48 hours. Gonsalves noted the stage 3 alert issued earlier in the day amidst tremors at the volcano, which began at 3 a.m. The prime … Continue reading Saint Vincent – Evacuation Ordered As Volcano ‘is trying to clear its throat’
Responding to a question about employers taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to lay off staff and rehire for less, the Minister suggested that Windjammer breached the labour code and allowed the [workers'] redundancy period to mature, while failing to pay the workers on time.
The 2020 Labour Overview includes a special theme that analyzes various repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis, including the measures taken by governments to protect jobs, income, and the operation of companies in times of emergency. The report says it was an important effort, even though “in some cases there was the feeling that the aid was late, or that it was not enough to cover the lost income.”
Facing this difficult situation, workers have found that their unions have not been there to defend their interests since many of the union leaders are closely connected to the ruling Barbados Labour Party [BLP] and have been reluctant to take a stand that would be seen as creating problems for the BLP government. In these conditions, the workers have taken matters into their own hands in order to secure their rights.
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
The nurses at GPHC threatened that if their demands are not met they will not be working. Their position is that since they are essential workers during the pandemic they should have essential pay.