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Jan 22, 2013

Do you agree with the unions that government is attempting to union bust?

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9 Responses for “Do you agree with the unions that government is attempting to union bust?”

  1. Mr. Concern says:

    I asked all teachers to stand strong and lets move together as union to get what we have long been waiting for. GOB are shivering in fear because they FAILED miserably to meet the needs of hard working teachers across this country. teachers who quarter of thier salaries each month to have visual aids and educational corner that MOE mandate teacher must have. MOE never give incentive in providing equipment and materials to schools, especially rural school. Teacher never be lured for party politics, we stand for a case that will benefits everyone.

  2. Storm says:

    I oppose giving public employees the right to strike for higher wages, since they already have more job security than the rest of us. I don’t think GOB is trying to break the union, and I’m sure GOB doesn’t have the power to bust it right now. GOB hasn’t handled the negotiations well, letting them drag out so long, but the union demands are excessive and unpatriotic.

  3. mick says:

    This is an attempt at union busting and this has serious implications for professionalism in Belize. If this has been permitted by the current administration, then there will be no length that they will go to in order to achieve their ends. If Saldivar was not a part of the negotiation team he has no business dealing with the teachers. And even if he was, the initiation of contact should be made by the Education Department, not Saldivar. This is an attempt to intimidate some of the teachers to fracture the union and then the GOB can have its way. I implore teachers not to fall for this and make sure to keep networking and listen to their union rep/head! Shame on Saldivar and if PM Barrow does not sanction Saldivar, then shame on him also! I support the teachers for practical and emotional reasons. My father gave almost 40 years to the teching profession in Belize, finishing out his career in the States after another 15 years. Teachers are lowly paid, forced into spartan living and are the ones who shape the minds of the future of the country. Teachers are parents/caretakers/psychologists/nurse/priests/social workers/etc all in one body! And they do not get paid enough for what they do! Andthey are treated without gratitude!

  4. 2 Storm says:

    educate yourself on the history of the bargaining agreement please, the union is asking for an increase over the years, like in 2001, to cover the cost of inflation and increasing utility and fuel prices. do you even live in Belize?

  5. Retired CEO says:

    Most certainly, this is a classic example of union busting/divide and conquer tactics. What does the minister of national security has to do with teachers affairs and salary adjustments? Furthermore it is clear that minister Faber gave him permission to do so, by closing the school system for half a day. It is very obvious what they are trying to do, clearly they do not have the well being of the teachers at heart.

  6. R.I. says:

    Teaches are a bunch of Selfish Unpatriotic Belizeans!!!! if GOB raises their salaries we the poor people would have to pay for their salary increase by paying more taxes!!!! and we will not stand by and let the teachers do what they want, because at the end, it is us, the poor people that pays for their wages anyway!!!

  7. Blue says:

    All govt. jobs should, at least be indexed to inflation.
    Promotions given on ‘results’.
    Why not incorporate online education curriculums as there are some available with limited expense, less supplies expense to the digital form of education. The teachers would learn a great deal while the students taking the course. Teachers eventually become as administrators for formal online education, which is much more efficient with time and funds. Teachers and students would have more time to explore the individual students’ creative ambition, skills and… on.

  8. Storm says:

    @2Storm, even breaking the demand down over several years, it still amounts to 5% or 6% per year — about twice as much as the overall rate of inflation. The rest of us, the ones who pay the taxes, are tightening their belts these days, and it would hurt the economy to make any public employees an economic elite.

    It’s true that fuel and electricity prices in particular have increased a lot more than other sectors, but not enough to pull overall inflation up that much.

    We’re going through very hard times, and good Belizeans need to share the sacrifice.

  9. Enio Lopez says:

    The move on behalf of the minister is eminent. However, teachers are intellectuals that cannot be brainwashed by any government! Education eradicates ignorance!

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