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May 9, 2016

B.N.T.U. to Stand Up for Belize on Teachers Day

There is mounting opposition against the controversial Sarstoon Law, which came into effect on April twenty-ninth and was essentially designed to prevent an expedition of the Belize Territorial Volunteers. But the new law is having far-reaching implications on other citizens, organizations as well as political parties. This Friday, the Belize National Teachers Union is taking to the streets of the Old Capital, not to celebrate Teachers Day, as they ordinarily would on May thirteenth, but to march in support of the Jewel.  With the launch of the Stand Up for Belize Campaign several weeks ago in Benque Viejo Del Carmen, the B.N.T.U. has been organizing its membership to rally around a singular cause.  The union is intent on defending Belize’s territorial sovereignty and is demanding for government to make null and void the controversial Sarstoon Prohibition Regulation, which bars Belizeans from traveling to the Sarstoon.  The People’s United Party was first to call for the rescission of the Statutory Instrument. It was followed with a similar call by B.N.T.U.’s parent organization, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize.  This afternoon, B.N.T.U. National President Luke Palacio took a similar position.


Luke Palacio

Luke Palacio, National President, B.N.T.U.

“The Belize National Teachers Union, at its council of management meeting held on Saturday, decided that instead of celebrating our Teachers Day in the manner that we had originally planned, we are going to continue this Stand Up for Belize Campaign with a rally here in Belize City on Friday, March thirteenth.  Our intention of course is to also get the government to rescind immediately the SI that speaks to the Public Safety Act.  We believe very strongly after much discussion that that law that was passed is unconstitutional and it really deprives the Belizean people, man, woman and child from moving around in this country as freely as they are entitled to.  So therefore, the call goes out and we’ve heard other organizations, other bodies insist on the government to rescind this SI.  Of course, if it is not done then our council will have to reengage and determine what other course of action we will take.  We want the Belizean public to see this act of the teachers, the professionals of this country, as one which goes beyond the usual rhetoric that teachers only fight and stand up when they want salary adjustment or they are being fired and that type of thing.  This is a national issue, we’ve called and our council has agreed that this time, instead of celebrating Teachers Day the way we usually do, and let me make it absolutely clear, the discussion was lengthy and heated because a number of our branches have already had plans as to what they would have been doing for Teachers Day.  But nonetheless, they have agreed by the majority to come to Belize City for this rally that we intend to have on Friday.”

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3 Responses for “B.N.T.U. to Stand Up for Belize on Teachers Day”

  1. mel says:

    thanks to the teachers for taking this bold initiative. plas try unite the other unions under ntucb and civili society to protect and save belize. we have lost sarstoon to guats and many belizeans are not even aware. we are at war with guatemala and belizeans are not even aware. belize has been in what is called a low intensity war at chiquibul with guats since 1995 when the british defense quarantee qas terminated.

  2. carlos says:

    Go the BNTU. Show that that this is more important than any thing else.

  3. Abigail Hoare says:

    I am PROUD of my BNTU. Continue to raise the bar…call for accountability. BNTU is a group of well educated, civilized professionals. May we continue to walk in integrity. Let us continue to stand in the gap for our nation and let’s pray for our leaders…

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