GOB Says JUNT Meeting Was Cordial and Productive

GOB Says JUNT Meeting Was Cordial and Productive

This meeting signifies a small step in the right direction for the unions in receiving what they believe is owed to them by the Government of Belize. Recently, the JUNT stated that if the increments are not reinstated by April 1, 2023, its membership would be taking industrial action to prove a point to GOB. Deputy Prime Minister, Cordel Hyde, says there were several sticking points coming out of the meeting and the exchange was cordial and constructive. 

Hon. Cordel Hyde, Deputy Prime Minister: “I think we had a very healthy discussion, a very constructive one and I don’t want to prejudice what they will take back to their people. I think it’s important that we give them the courtesy of them discussing with their folks the issues before we go public with that so that’s what we’ll do. We don’t get into the finer details but as I said we had a very extensive, very robust conversation. It’s for us to both take back to our people what it is that we discussed, what it is that we think we can reach agreement on, what it is we think maybe the sticking points so when we meet again we can move forward. We respect that. We’re functioning in a democracy, people have the right to agitate, people have the right to make their positions known forcefully at that within a democracy. We respect that, we acknowledge that, we take that into consideration. As I said our discussions today were rather cordial as it usually is, rather productive as it usually is and it’s for us to take back to our people what we discussed, what we see to be common ground, what we see to be issues where there are unresolved issues and we work on these things and we take that into consideration. This is a democracy. We respect that, we embrace that, that is what this is about and we can’t look ay anybody with any kind of isms and schisms and any kind of highly critical position. This is what it’s about.”

Hon. Henry Charles Usher, Minister of Public Service: “Certainly it’s something that we will continue to talk about. We meet again in two weeks and I’m sure that we can then give a more detailed report on what is discussed after that meeting.”

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