President of the Public Service Union, Eldred Neal is being asked to resign from that post due to inflammatory remarks he allegedly made against the Garifuna community. Neal, along with the Belize Energy Workers Union (BEWU) General Secretary, Marvin Mora, could be heard on the recordings which gone viral over the internet and have been met with outrage. Several organizations have commented on the matter and now COLA (Citizens Organized for Liberty thru Action) is also weighing in. In a press release today, COLA expressed deep displeasure and said they viewed them to be
“…deeply inappropriate and immensely obscene. His attempts to explain his distasteful behavior remains, in COLA’s view, substandard and inadequate. All such statements, especially from the mouths of two veteran union leaders, can only send us backwards to the bad old days of slavery and discrimination.”
Plusnews spoke to the President of COLA, Geovanni Brackett who further commented on the issue
Geovannie Brachett, President COLA: As it relates to the comments made by Mister Neal and Marvin Mora, we believe both individuals have extensive experience within Unionism. Mr. Neal has done very little to pass on the cause of the labour force within Belize. We believe that the PSU under his leadership has really fallen back from its mandate and it’s original identity as a union that fights. Mr Neal has shown that he is not willing to advocate or be an opposition, or to do anything to oppose this government. His latest comments have been very destructive and disrespectful to the people of the Garifuna. We believe that the Garifuna people have made extensive contributions to Belize’s history, economy, music industry, and wider society, and we applaud those efforts. In this day and age we should not be assaulting one’s ethnicity.