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Chamber of Commerce lashes out at the unions for their position

BCCI ON UNION  VO

The Belize Chamber of Commerce has issued a release on the current impasse between the Public Service Union and the Government. The Chamber has given quite a scolding to the union stating, quote, “To now witness a debate about pay increases, to see public sector workers’ refusal to relinquish their increment (or any other form of compensation) at a time when thousands are losing their jobs completely; when businesses are having to close their doors, suggests that too many involved in this debate are out of touch with the current reality we are universally facing.”

The Belize Chamber of Commerce has issued a release on the current impasse between the Public Service Union and the Government. The Chamber has given quite a scolding to the union stating, quote, “To now witness a debate about pay increases, to see public sector workers’ refusal to relinquish their increment (or any other form of compensation) at a time when thousands are losing their jobs completely; when businesses are having to close their doors, suggests that too many involved in this debate are out of touch with the current reality we are universally facing.”  End of quote.  The chamber’s release continues, referring to the debate between the two parties as unacceptable.  The calculation by the Chamber indicates that it costs the Government $92,360,747.17 per month in recurrent expenditure, majority of which is personal emoluments, pensions and other benefits to the public service; that is approximately 50% of the annual recurrent budget, and on average this breaks down to $250.00 each month per Belizean man, woman, and child. It was fifty-two days ago, on March 23, that the Prime Minister spoke of the actions the Government would be taking to not only attend to residents who would become unemployed due to Covid-19 but also to scale back on the public expenditure.  Referencing the adjustments made in recent weeks particularly by the private sector, the chamber wrote, quote, “In an economic scenario where COVID-19 has shut down the largest part of our economy for the next several months, whereas a country we have effectively lost millions of revenue in cattle exports, where the tax burden is falling almost completely on a grievously wounded private sector, such that the government is projecting revenue collection for the last month at perhaps $30 million dollars, this debate is totally unacceptable. Similarly, it is unacceptable that in the present pandemic this ongoing uncertainty should lead to additional debt to meet GoB’s recurrent costs. As the taxpaying public, as investors in our economy, we the private sector and our employees expect that government and the public sector would unite with energy to discover answers for slashing its costs of operation to the barest minimum, as the private sector has been forced to do to survive.”  End of quote.

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