The Government of Belize has extended its cost-cutting measures for another six months amid the Covid-19 pandemic. An internal memo issued by the Ministry of Public Service last Friday has indicated that the Government continues its plan to refrain from hiring new public officers and to deny payments in lieu of vacation leave for existing public officers. Love News spoke with the Financial Secretary Joseph Waight who explained that the measures are necessary to ensure smooth operations and are efforts in avoiding extreme measures such as salary cuts and layoffs.
Other measures implemented by the Government surrounds contract workers, both new and renewed contractors. In these instances gratuity has been cut from twenty to ten percent; vacation leave has been reduced from twenty working days to fifteen while the thirty day vacation leave packages have been reduced to twenty working day. Meanwhile sick days exceeding the standard sixteen days will be deducted from vacation days or will be considered as leave without pay. These measures were effected on May 1, 2020.