By Aaron Humes
A wide variety of civil society organizations have come together in a new movement to address national issues.
Led by the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), and featuring such groups as the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM), Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA), Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), the Council of Churches and the Evangelical Association, the members of the new “Rod of Correction Movement” have one thing in common – a frustration with the current Government of Belize.
In unity there is strength, goes the old saying, and the organizations aim to promote their various causes – land, governance, democracy, social issues, labour and many more – on a level playing field.
According to President of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, Dylan Reneau, the group’s first activity is drumming up support for Saturday’s “Plant Di Corn Rally” in support of BGYEA at the Battlefield Park in Belize City.
Reneau says he understands the need to bring numbers and made a public call for union members and supporters of the BGYEA cause to be present at 9 Saturday morning, a call echoed by BGYEA’s president Nigel Petillo, who reminded that their work was on behalf of all Belizeans.
Beyond that, there has been talk of a national protest and shutdown of businesses, but nothing definitive has been announced.
Reneau says that the Rod of Correction will employ dialogue with Government among its strategies.
There are plans to incorporate other members of civil society such as the Chamber of Commerce.