Any industrial action by the teachers have been placed on pause. That is the report we are getting from sources within the Belize National Teachers Union. We understand that several branches of the BNTU will meet next week, while the remaining few will do so in October. During this time, there will be no strike action. This comes after the Council of Management of the Belize National Teacher’s Union, BNTU, met with Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dean Barrow yesterday. What were discussed were BNTU’s eight demands. These demands, according to BNTU representatives, are in the interest of National Development and good governance. Just recently, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, had asked the BNTU, the Public Service Union, and the Association of Public Service Senior Managers to consider the deferment of the three percent salary adjustment until next year April. While the PSU and the APSSM agreed, the BNTU was not having it. On Monday, the union showed its strength as teachers travelled to Belmopan to demonstrate. But the BNTU says its More than the three, it’s for country. The meeting yesterday lasted for more than four hours and as the members of the council of management exited the meeting singing the union’s anthem, we got a quick word from BNTU National President Luke Palacio.
As he exited the meeting, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, shared a few comments to the meeting in regards to the meeting.
Also part of the meeting were Ambassador Mark Espat and Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight.