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Oct 16, 2017

Teachers Wary Over ‘Divide and Conquer’ Tactics

Elena Smith

Smith says the inclusion of the other unions is simply another attempt by government to disrupt the harmony within the National Trade Union Congress of Belize.

 

Elena Smith, National President, B.N.T.U.

“We see it as a tactic to divide and conquer.  We are aware of what happened last year when we were on strike, all of the comments that were made with regard to the other unions.  And so we are not here to put any wedge further into those relationships.  As a matter of fact we continue to work with these unions because we must continue our negotiations and so it would seem then that the prime minister is trying to put something between us, that there can be this decision among the unions and we don’t appreciate it and we want those to know that this is the doings of the prime minister, not of the B.N.T.U., because again, we met with him and we came to an agreement with him.  B.N.T.U. and the prime minister, no other union was there.”

 

Reporter

“Have you spoken with any one of these unions for them to be included?”

 

Elena Smith

“Well I met them informally when we had a meeting with the prime minister, I believe it was last week, when we discussed the matter of the trust, but we did not have any discussion on the letter and to see what would be the way forward or what was their initial reaction to them being included.”

 

Reporter

“…any intentions to do so?”

 

Elena Smith

“Well we should be meeting with them shortly to discuss our negotiations to see how we will reopen our negotiations because we have not been to any meetings for quite a while, you know.  So when that matter comes up we will probably address it there.”

 

Prime Minister Barrow is yet to respond to B.N.T.U.’s letter.

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