BNTU Goes Back to Meet with Prime Minister for Renegotiations

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Updated: October 12, 2016

The Belize National Teachers Union has accepted the Prime Minister’s invitation to return to the negotiation table. The meeting is set to take place tomorrow at two o’clock at the Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. The issue of good governance will be further discussed in that meeting and the Government is hopeful that quote, “the meeting will be fruitful and yield results that will see an end to the teachers’ strike.” End of quote. Meanwhile this evening, members of the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, BCCI, are participating in a special General Meeting. That meeting is taking place at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City where the private sector will be voting on two resolutions. The first resolution is to present a motion for full acceptance at a Senate meeting or have a one-day shutdown. According to the BCCI, members did not feel that the motion that passed had either a composition or terms of reference that would allow for a thorough investigation of the matter. The BCCI is proposing to send back its motion to the Senate for full acceptance, or have a one-day shutdown if motion is not successful. The second resolution is for a one day shutdown if governance measures are not activated. The BCCI says that are in support for a one day shutdown unless the Prime Minister signs the commencement order for the 13th Senator immediately, appoints and activates the Integrity Commission without further delay, and makes immediate commitment to have legislation to reconstitute the Public Accounts Committee consisting of six representatives from the Government, 2 representatives from the Opposition and 1 representative from each of the Social Partners in the Senate, prepared within the next two weeks for passage into law within one month. The date of the shutdown will be agreed at this evening’s meeting after voting. Leaders of the BNTU are also expected to be at the SGM. And while that meeting is happening now, the BNTU is upset about a demonstration planned for tomorrow morning. The BNTU says that it has confirmed that a protest permit has been issued to supporters of the United Democratic Party to picket in front of the BNTU headquarters. A release from the BNTU expresses concerns. It states that the BNTU is quote, “concerned that the UDP will be allowed to come to the doorstep of the BNTU when we have our members here…” end of quote. The BNTU views this action as another act of intimidation by the UDP Government.