President Luke Martinez discusses TUC’s position on fuel
Fuel prices in Belize are the highest it has ever been and there are no signs yet that those prices will go down anytime soon. It’s something that remains a flashpoint for many Belizeans and an issue of concern for the National Trade Union Congress of Belize. That organisation has written to the Government, outlining this concern, the impact of these high prices and recommendations, which the union umbrella says can make things a bit better for the consumers. Luis Luke Martinez, President of the NTUCB spoke to Love News today about this particular issue and why it’s perhaps the most critical problem of the day.
Luke Martinez, President, NTUCB: “The National Trade Union Congress through the social partners committee we’ve developed a paper with short term recommendations as long as long term recommendations to address the cost of energy which includes fuel in this country. We have not received a feedback as yet. Can we make the document public ? Of course we could make the document public and so we should launch our website that document will be on our website. It’s a very good document and we’re sure that different sectors would be able to review it and help push to get those recommendations accepted. The National Trade Union Congress has been very focused on how we address the national issues. Yes we could come to the media and express how we feel about these national issues but what we’ve done with a lot of these issues is we put our groups together, pool our resources and we’ve written our recommendations and forward them to whichever ministry is the focal point. On a few instances we were able to get feedback as it relates to the cost of energy we haven’t received any feedback from I think it’s the Ministry of Finance that would be between Honorable Coyi and the Honorable Prime Minister who should provide a response to us. So maybe when you reach out to them you could ask them what happened to the feedback to the National Trade Union Congress on their response as it relates to the cost of energy.”