The University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union (UBFSU) has been declared as uncertified to act as a registered group. Chairman of the University of Belize, Harrison Pilgrim spoke to Love News over the weekend where he explained that the institution is yet to see any official documents on the union’s viability in representing the faculty and staff. He stated that while there is correspondence between UBFSU and the Labor Department discussing the certification of the group, there was no ceremony to make it official. This declaration comes amid protests and concerns over reports of salary cuts to the tune of thirty percent.
Pilgrim went on to speak on the threat of industrial actions by the union. According to Pilgrim aside from the disruption of services at UB there is misinformation being presented to the public. He added that when it comes to the financial statements that the union is requesting; the union has not been honest.
The Union had made their demands on Friday to see the financials for 2018-2019 and whatever is available for 2019-2020. They gave the Board of Trustees up until today at 11am to provide these documents. When we spoke with Dr Pio Saqui, the president of the UBFSU, he stated that the Board invited the union to a meeting which commenced at 2pm today. Up until news time, that meeting was still ongoing, but we will have more details for you in tomorrow’s newscast.