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When word spread on Friday that BSI tried to slip a new provision in the draft agreement sent to BSCFA, which would see the replacement of the Sugar Cane Production Committee with the Harvesting Delivery and Control Unit, something which BSI has denied, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize came out lashing at BSI.

In their release the NTUCB accused BSI of being oppressive and unfair. But that’s not all, the organization also called on all 18 Directors of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association, to not sign any agreement with BSI. Instead they urge the BSCFA to keep the window of negotiation open. Basically go back to the negotiating table and start the 2014/2015 crop with interim agreement as a signed agreement at this time; will only close off all potentials for the farmers to keep what they had on the table.

Today BSI responded to the NTUCB and they held back no punches as they called the organization irresponsible and unprofessional.

Screen_Shot_2014-12-22_at_6.46.17_PMBelizario Carballo- Financial Director

“For the NTUCB to base themselves on something that is false to just launch an attack against the company’s credibility is revealing of the organization and certainly it is not helpful for the process because the communication. Expect a response anytime now but the point is that it is unfortunate that the NTUCB would inject themselves into the process and on the bases of false information, just launch an attack against a company without even consulting with the company or seeking to get our views on the matter.”

And then there is the release sent out by the Government who also condemned BSI’s alleged act while chastising the NTUCB for their release in which the organization expressed it disappointment that the Prime Minster would support the position of ASR/BSI over that of the famers.

Responding to GOB’s release BSI stated it is bad enough that they were placed in the same basket as the NTUCB.


Belizario Carballo- Financial Director

“The government responded to it by attacking them but at the same time attack us which is again unfortunate because in a way it gives credibility to that false statement that the NTUCB said which that somehow we are seeking to undermine the SCPC and that as a result we were acting in bad faith, that is unfortunate because certainly it is unhelpful to condemn and to sort of accuse one of the parties who is engage in a very delicate process of seeking to come to an agreement with another party and to our view it undermine the advancement that have been made by the very effort of the Prime Minister who sought to bring resolution to three main points that were outstanding between the parties and so we certainly felt that those comments that came out on Friday attacking BSI and reprimanding BSI were uncalled for, were unnecessary and certainly unhelpful for the process in trying to each and agreement.”

On Friday the BSCFA also met with Audrey Matura Sheppard, President of the Christian Workers Union which falls under the NTUCB. During an interview with the media Sheppard categorically stated that they have proof that BSI changed the terms of the agreement.

Of course BSI has denied the accusation and today they responded to Sheppard.

Belizario Carballo- Financial Director

“She clearly made the news on Friday and exposed herself in our view indicating that she is behind those Press Release of the NTUCB but again it is an attack against a company without proper information and without seeking to get information from both sides just on the base of some misinformation it cannot be justified that you just take the airwaves and slander and criticize a company like BSI just on the basis of a whim. There are those elements outside that are seeking to distract and to misrepresent at this time in an effort to derail or perhaps deliberately stall the process of BSI and BSCFA reaching an agreement and starting the crop and I think we should not allow those forces to be successful.”

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