BNTU’s representative resigns from People’s Constitution Commission.
Shoman’s resignation as President of the BNTU is not the only seat that the educator has vacated. Her resignation letter also indicated that she is withdrawing as the BNTU’s Representative on the People’s Constitution Commission. The move is disappointing, to say the least: those are the words of the President of the Belize Business Bureau, Arturo Lizarraga. He told Love News that Shoman’s decision came as a shock and explained that he believes Shoman should have stuck it out.
Arturo Lizarraga, President, Belize Business Bureau: “First of all it’s disappointing. Ms. Shoman serves on the PCC, the People’s Constitutional Commission and she did very well. Her contributions were significant and it’s a disappointment because I am certain that the teachers elected her because she would have been able to negotiate a big issue for them is the pension. I just mentioned the 401K and the whole issue of pension. In fact we were looking forward, the Business Bureau, was looking forward to working with the organization and her leadership to find a solution to the pension because it’s a big issue and it’s an important issue because not only for the safety and retirement issue for people who are teaching all their lives you know the teachers need some sense of security, some sense of the idea that they have something to look forward to at the end of their time serving and so it’s a big disappointment. I believe and you know this is just my personal opinion that if the Leader of the Opposition can get a pass for his past, past misdeeds so can anybody else and least of all a leadership who represents teachers you know? What’s in the past is in the past so let’s move on because I mean we give free passes to people, politicians who are flagged by the US government you know why can’t we just leave her alone and let her run a presidency? So it’s a little bit disappointing to hear I’m not so sure if she resigned from the PCC or if she resigned from the leadership.”
Reporter: she said she did resign from the PCC as well.
Arturo Lizarraga, President, Belize Business Bureau: “Okay I just saw the PCC thing and I said this is sad for women in power and sad for progress.”