Unconfirmed reports to Love News are that a majority of Public Service Union members want strike action against the PUP government. We are told that PSU leaders have been told by their members to give government notice of their intended strike action, but that has not been done; at least not up to news time tonight. This latest development ramps up the unions’ action against the government during negotiations. Love News understands that the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) met on Saturday to discuss government’s proposal. The union had made a counter proposal last week and we are reliably informed that the joint unions have not received a formal response from the government which was promised to be delivered today. During last week’s press conference, BNTU President Elena Smith expressed that the unions would be looking forward for GOB’s response.
Senator Elena Smith, President, BNTU: “As an update we are expecting to get a response from the government to our proposal next week. We were informed that they met yesterday and they’ve looked at it but we should be getting a formal response from them next week and after that negotiations will continue.”
Our newsroom has also learned that the budget presentation has been pushed back for two weeks to give room for further.