Belmopan, Tues. Sept. 7, 2021– The registration status of 8 labour organizations is in question following their failure to report their annual returns, as stipulated by the Trade Unions and Employers’ Organizations (Registration, Recognition, and Status) Act.
Per Section 15 (1) of the act, all registered Trade Unions and Employers’ Organizations are mandated by law to file their Annual Returns with the Registrar by June 30 annually. Those organizations that are found to not be in compliance with the act are liable to suspension or cancellation of their registration status after a warning has been duly given.
According to a release from the Government of Belize Press Office, however, over the past few years six organizations have failed to file their Annual Returns, despite being previously informed of the matter by the Registrar and given due warning. Those organizations — which include the Belize Co-Generation Workers’ Union, the Belize Bankers Association, the Belize Bakers Association, the Belize Business Bureau, the Belize Medical and Dental Union, and the Technical, Administrative, Medical, and Management Union — have now been notified that failure to file outstanding Annual Returns by September 30, 2021, will result in a cancellation of their registration status.
In addition, the Registrar noted that in 2021, in addition to the six organizations which did not file annual returns in the last few years, two other organizations failed to file their Annual Returns for the year 2021. These entities — the Trade Union for Tourism and Allied Services Professionals and Belize Progressive Teachers Union — are also required to file these returns by the September 30 deadline in order to avoid the suspension of their registration status.
The Government of Belize Press Office release states, “The Registrar encourages all registered organizations to ensure compliance with the law and with their respective organizations’ Constitutions in service to their members, as all relevant stakeholders work together to protect labour– both employees and employers – for the mutual benefit of all and for the benefit of our country.”