As we noted earlier in our newscast, the BNTU has expressed their understanding of the current fiscal situation. They are yet, however, to inform the Government what their final position is on the issue. The Prime Minister says chances are the BNTU may change their initial stance to show support to the PSU.
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “I do not know what the BNTU’s position is. I’ve seen something where it appears that the BNTU is accepting of the foregoing of the salary increment on condition, which is something we agree to right at the start, that when you come to calculate retirement benefits you will do so on the basis of a sum that would for calculation purposes include the increment that would have been lost at least by way of cash in hand. Last I saw there is that divide between the BNTU and the PSU but BNTU members were being canvassed as to whether they should change their position just so they can show solidarity with the PSU and the APSSM, again while nothing has been forthcoming in writing, it is my understanding that they informally have agreed to accept what was proposed in terms of the allowances that they would have to forego.”