On Wednesday 27th January, we saw for the first time since this new Administration, a representative for the Unions seated in the Senate meeting. Mind you, it is only temporary. PlusNews introduced the nation to Educator and long-standing union activist Elena Smith as she took the oath at the start of Wednesday’s meeting in Belmopan. Today, we spoke with Marvin Mora, President of the NTUCB, on the temporary appointment. We asked Mora how were they able to settle on Elena Smith while both sides continue to have differences of opinion on the way forward. Though a temporary Senator is a step in the right direction, there is still no definitive process in place as to how the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) and the Civil Society Steering Committee should select that permanent representative. What is keeping the unions back from a permanent Senator representing them at Senate meetings? We asked Mora what kind of goodwill exists between both the NTUCB and the Civil Society that could bring about a speedy resolution to the impasse and produce a permanent Senator. And what about Ray Davis, the previous Senator for the Unions accused of voting independent of Union position onnvarious issues including Petrocaribe? Mora says it was nothing personal. We asked him about several current issues including the Derisking of Banks and the Pauman-gate saga which appears to implicate the Ministry of Natural resources and the Tourism Ministry, but Mora says that the NTUCB has not yet made a position on those issues.