Both the PSU and the BNTU have come out lashing at Prime Minister John Briceno for his remarks yesterday on the public officers being the only ones who have not made sacrifices in salary cuts. BNTU’s President Elena Smith responded saying it is a far cry from the truth.
Elena Smith, President, BNTU: “I think the Prime Minister should understand that as unions we don’t just jump up because we want to jump up and our union BNTU has proven itself that we have been out there on the front line, we have taken some licks because we have stood up for not just our benefit but for the entire country. If we were not out there for eleven days we wouldn’t have UNCAC signed onto and I want for the Prime Minister to remember that because he uttered that it was the PUP who did that, it was BNTU who was out there for eleven days and we got the then PM to sign onto that on that December.”
In its release, the PSU referred to the Prime Minister’s comments as being utterly disrespectful and intolerable. The release adds, “for any leader to suggest that public officers have not made any sacrifices to aid in the austerity and recovery efforts of the country is imprudent and misguided.”