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Sep 8, 2016

Belize National Teachers’ Union calls emergency branch meetings to discuss major issues

There was another emergency meeting held this afternoon. The ten branches of the Belize National Teacher’s Union met to debate and take decisions on the scheduled delay of Government’s salary adjustment for teachers and public officers. Other national issues, such as the call for a Senate inquiry into the Immigration scandal, were also on the table. The meeting of the Belize Branch, like the others, kicked off at about one-thirty this afternoon and finished just before four p.m., but the official decisions arising from these meetings must be reported to and officially lies in the hands of the Council of Management. President of the B.N.T.U. Luke Palacio told us the reason for the emergency.

 

Luke Palacio, National President, Belize National Teachers’ Union

Luke Palacio

“Basically what has happened here is that the Belize National Teachers’ Union has a Council of Management. That Council of Management decided that we are to have an emergency meeting of all our branches throughout the country today, Thursday, commencing at one-thirty p.m., to discuss matters of grave concern to our union. And that meeting, the decision taken, was that it was an emergency meeting; the Council of Management believes it is high time that our unions start to address a number of issues, including quite a number of national issues that almost all Belizeans speak of on a daily basis. There is the matter of the Prime Minister asking the unions to defer their salary adjustment. We have difficulty agreeing to that. There are a number of many other national issues that we see plaguing this country. We keep on talking about it; and we need now to be able to come up with a concerted effort to try and address it. But it doesn’t work by somebody just making noise in the street; we have a process that we follow, and that is the process that we are using this week and on into the next the next few weeks.”

 

According to President Palacio, the Council of Management meets on September tenth – forgoing at least part of the national holiday – and its decision will be communicated in the next week. This includes a position on the Senate Immigration inquiry.

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