By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter
“We are asking Minister of Labor, Godwin Hulse, to look at the living wage proposal and use this to replace minimum wages,” said National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) President Dylan Reneau.
According to Reneau, the formula for living wage calculates for the expenses of Belizean citizens and calculates wages accordingly, which would ease the cost of living for Belizean citizens. Reneau stated that the NTUCB is appealing to Minister Hulse to consider replacing the minimum wage with this formula instead.
Reneau stated that the NTUCB is also still engaged in other areas of focus such as raising awareness for the importance of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Bill, which is yet to be tabled.
In December, the NTUCB disrupted the final House Sitting of the year when they stood and chanted in unison for the OSH Bill to be passed before they were kicked out of the House.
Reneau stated that the NTUCB intends to be in attendance at the first House Meeting of 2014.
He also stated that presently the NTUCB is making the media rounds and educating the public on the importance of the OSH Bill along with other areas of concern to the Union.