The proposal for an increment freeze for teachers was also sent from the government to the Belize National Teachers Union(BNTU). The Public Service Union, however, is the only one that outrightly rejected the Government’s ultimatum. This, however, does not indicate that they are in this fight alone. At least that is what the Vice President of the PSU, Dean Flowers is saying.
Dean Flowers, First Vice President, PSU: “I can tell you also that as a union we’re also in discussion with the Belize National Teachers Union who by the way are paid from the public’s purse and therefore they also amount to public officers so they also will be affected so we’re having joint discussions with them and I am expecting that between perhaps tomorrow there will be a joint statement from both unions but I want to state for the record the Public Service Union or public officers do not think that they’re special and that they should not make sacrifices, public officers make sacrifices on a daily basis. On a daily basis public officers have been making sacrifices in an effort to serve and so COVID-19 is no different and that’s the reason why you see public officers in the different ministries out there continuing the sacrifice and if it is that our salaries, our increments, our monies, whatever emoluments needs to be touched, it will be touched if it needs to be touched but it has to be touched after we’re satisfied that the Ministry of Finance is serious about the way we do business and about the way operate on a daily basis and that where needs to be cut those that can be cut can be cut, those areas that should be cut first are cute first before public officers emoluments are touched.”
Love News understands that a joint press release from the PSU and BNTU will be issued tomorrow. We were also told that the National Trade Union Congress of Belize will meeting over the weekend.