NTUCB president speaks on Ray Davis’ controversy

By Alexis R. Milan
Staff Reporter

National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) President Marvin Mora said despite everything that has been said in the media over the past week, the union has not requested the resignation of Senator Ray Davis, though all options are on the table.

According to Mora, the real issue is not about Davis or NTUCB’s Second Vice-President Audrey Matura-Shepherd, who has publicly stated her position on the matter. It is his oppinion that the real issue is still the recently passed PetroCaribe Bill that the NTUCB opposes.

Mora also responded to criticisms made in certain quarters of the media that the union could not vote against the Bill because they have benefited from PetroCaribe money. He responded that making such criticisms against the union really undermines the issue at hand.

Shepherd, meanwhile, has made her position known publicly, saying she believes Davis should be replaced as the union’s representative in the Senate, for abstaining his vote rather than voting no for the PetroCaribe Bill.

Their has been some back and forth as to whether the union’s position was made clear to Davis prior to him deciding to abstain his vote in the senate. Shepherd maintains that the union indeed did make their position clear to him. Yet advocates for Davis dispute that position, citing emails from Davis requesting clarity on the matter. Those emails did not advise what position to take.

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