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Oct 11, 2016

Teachers’ Union should request N.T.U.C.B. meet, its president says

Marvin Mora

Late on Friday evening, the Prime Minister upset the B.N.T.U. applecart by throwing into the mix the National Trade Union Congress of Belize.  The PM wrote to both saying that in fact the N.T.U.C.B. has also taken up the good governance agenda and that negotiations should therefore include the umbrella organization. This morning we sought clarification from the N.T.U.C.B. Its President Marvin Mora told us that he waiting on the B.N.T.U. to request a special general council meeting to respond to the PM’s call.

 

Marvin Mora, President, NTUCB

“When the prime minister sent out his release we had already met and we had requested them to go back and revisit their strategy and come back to the N.T.U.C.B. We sent them an official letter, we sent the President of the B.N.T.U. a letter requesting that he call a special meeting because we stand ready to continue the dialogue but before we go there. He has not answers as far as I am concerned, whatever might be the holdup I don’t know, but he has not even acknowledged the letter. Now, this is where we are the N.T.U.C.B. needs that dialogue with B.N.T.U., they are our brothers, we will protect them. Right now we aren’t too pleased about the fact that they are not going to get paid for these two weeks that I can tell you. We are not too pleased that they have been harassment of our teacher; there has been intimidation of our teachers. It is their right to take industrial action if they are convinced and if they feel that that is the right way to go. Eventually the general council has to decide how we are going to carry on this issue bit for the mean time we are   we are optimistic that the B.N.T.U. leadership realize that we are not against them, it is just that there is certain differences in how to synchronize the efforts to make it happen.”

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