The strike deadline has moved to 10th March, and both sides are hopeful that there will be enough time to settle things.
Knckrbkr - regardless of the finer legal points, BTL workers struck (in 2005 I think) and the whole system went down. Electronics were destroyed, and fibre-optic cables were severed repeatedly. Repairs would be made and the cables would be cut again.
No 911 / no way to call police, ambulance or fire department. Yes, people did die as a result.
Repair and replacement of the big fibre-optic cables did not come cheaply - and the customers paid for that in the end.
The credit card part was very difficult for travelers. The average local person made little or no money for more than a week - not just in the tourism sector ---- it was everybody everywhere who got hurt.
For US travelers - Homeland Security requires that a manifest of passengers is faxed to the US port of entry before a plane leaves the ground in Belize. No phone - no flights.
Yes, always travel with money - real money - wherever you go. Being one day away from broke is really bad practice even "at home".
The public was angry with the total stupidity of the acts of sabotage, but sympathetic with the reason it was happening. If my memory serves me correctly, there was a full 10-day period with no phone communication with the outside world --- it was not a good thing. Hopefully the workers who did this last time saw how much they hurt their own families and their own villages by taking this route.............. Hopefully reason will prevail this time. I think it will.