And while the five hundred-million-dollar deficit is staggering, the teachers particularly in the south, would not hear of it. This morning a group of them in Dangriga gathered for a motorcade-protest of the proposed ten percent salary cut. The proposal is to implement the ten percent cut for a 3-year period coupled with an increment freeze. Denise Henry, the organizer of this morning’s protest says the members of the Stann Creek District will not be quiet in their opposing views.
Henry said that while they are aware that they are not acting in unison with the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), they are certain that the union is against the salary cut. She says until the government renegotiates, they will continue to protest the cut.
Denise Henry, Protest Organizer: ““BNTU is against the proposed salary cut and increment freeze however BNTU has a way of how they act, how they go about showing their discontent. So we are not against BNTU I want to make the very clear we are in solidarity but our teachers wanted a voice ASAP and that was the issue. So at the moment BNTU is putting together a national response but this is the response from the Stann Creek district for now. As far as we are concerned until we are satisfied we will continue to show our discontent. Simple. There are many options, many things to look at. So I don’t really want to divulge into that at the moment but all we are saying today is that we will have to negotiate. So we’re saying no to the first proposal but we’re not saying no to negotiation.”