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UBFSU and Board of Trustees sign agreement

After months of negotiations and back and forth between the University of Belize’s Board of Trustees and their Faculty and Staff Union, an agreement was finally signed on Friday, September 11. This agreement addresses a number of measures to assist the University during its financial shortfall.

After months of negotiations and back and forth between the University of Belize’s Board of Trustees and their Faculty and Staff Union, an agreement was finally signed on Friday, September 11. This agreement addresses a number of measures to assist the University during its financial shortfall. The discussions, which were done in the presence of the Minister of Labor, led to a deduction of salaries of 5% instead of 22%. Additionally, the staff and faculty will see an increment freeze for the financial years, a voluntary separation program, and restructuring of certain areas of the University’s operations.  Other subsidiary areas agreed to include for example, the ability to work from home with a technology grant and an interest-free loan to eligible employees for the procurement of internet access and a computer/laptop respectively to facilitate this. The University and the UBFSU agreed that in six months’ time the state of the University’s finances will be reviewed with a view to examining the feasibility of returning salaries to or near to their previous levels.