The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) is currently working alongside GOB to implement cost-saving measures to assist with COVID-19 relief measures. This is to help to cope with economic impact of the virus. One of the proposals made was for teachers to forego their annual increment so that GOB could allocate those funds elsewhere. According to the president of the Union, Elena Smith, they are trying to ensure that teachers will be compensated.
Elena Smith, President, Belize National Teachers Union “The three unions together are meeting with Fin Sec and his team to discuss the proposals that they have made as it relates to saving some money. Their proposal is that teachers and public officers forgo increments for this year and so while that might be that some of the employees of the government might consider favorably there are others who are concerned so we have to look at how best we can do our part to assist in the situation but at the same time not putting our members in a position where they are losing in the long run. So we had made some proposals as I said, some counter proposals and we are awaiting feedback from the government’s side as it relates to our counter proposal, as it relates to this set of five or six proposals that they had sent out affecting teachers, public officers and contract officers in the government service. We are hoping that some time this week we should get at least an initial word from the Fin Sec to see where they’ve reached and from there if we have to have another meeting then I guess we will meet again to further discuss the responses from the government and then we will go from there. There’s not much time according to him, we need to get this matter sorted out rather quickly and so I am trusting that they would be working over time to send us a response.”
We will keep following this story for the feedback that the Union is expecting from GOB.