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Jan 22, 2013

Saldivar closes schools to force teachers to meeting

What does the Minister of National Security have to do with the salary adjustments that teacher’s have been pressing for over the past years? We don’t know either but John Saldivar has successfully lobbied the Ministry of Education to cancel classes in the nation’s capital on Wednesday afternoon so he can meet with teachers who are preparing for a planned national demonstration on January twenty -ninth. A letter sent by an education officer said that permission had been granted for classes to end after the morning session. The President of the Belmopan Branch of the Belize National Teachers Union Corland Galvez says her branch won’t fall for that and calls Saldivar’s actions union busting.


Via Phone: Corland Galvez, President, B.N.T.U. Belmopan Branch

“We got a phone call that we were supposed to write notes to the parents to let them be aware that there will be no classes tomorrow evening based on letter that was sent from Ministry of Education in Belmopan telling us that the honorable John Saldivar would like to have a meeting with teachers in Belmopan. That was what they said first and then we found out the meeting would be only for schools in his constituency. For us, the teachers, we believe that this is union busting and we’re not for that. For one, he has no reason to be calling meeting with us because he is not on the negotiating team for any of the sides. And so for him to be calling a meeting and getting permission from the ministry to call a meeting then I believe something is wrong with that.”


Jose Sanchez

“Will your group go to this meeting or will you seek advice from the N.T.U.C.B. or the national branch of the B.N.T.U.?”


Via Phone: Corland Galvez

“Well I have already spoken to my national president already. We are looking at not attending this meeting because then the meeting is only for some people in Belmopan and this negotiation is for everybody across the country. Why aren’t they having meetings in other district? Why are they having it in Belmopan and only for John Saldivar’s constituency? They are playing politics and we are not on politics. Bread and butter has nothing to do with them. We will not attend this meeting. They cannot force us to attend this meeting. We are educators and we have our heads on our necks. We have good understanding. We have our nationals doing the negotiations and we have never ever had John Saldivar doing any kind of negotiation. So where he comes from with this meeting; we have no idea.”


Jose Sanchez

“Do you know if the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber knows about this meeting that Saldivar is calling?”


Via Phone: Corland Galvez

“I don’t know if he knows about the meeting so I won’t say that he knows. I don’t know but all I know is that they got permission to give the half day tomorrow from the Minister of Education. That is what they said. We got the letter that was sent around; an unsigned letter giving us the half day sending notes to parents so that they can be informed that there will be no classes.”


Galvez maintains the position that they will not attend Saldivar’s meeting which is slated for Wednesday. 

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7 Responses for “Saldivar closes schools to force teachers to meeting”

  1. Rod says:

    Now is the time to show this useless pm and gov. That their time is up unu teachers Betta show some cojones and stick to unu guns send the message to this pm and gov. To get out resign judas barrow resign time is up faber.

  2. Buju says:

    I don’t see any harm in someone trying to help fix the situation because the only ones who will suffer by a strike is the students and the only ones who will gain is the oppostion!

    This woman Galvez is a known fanatic of the pup she even has a pup tatoo on her arm – so of course she will not want to communicate with anyone to solve the problem!

    Her job is to frustate the situation and have civil unrest!

  3. Belizean Pride says:

    I can smell a revolution not very far, so, lets get together and chase them crazy bald head out of town!!!

  4. ceo says:

    Buju your comment was not too intellegent!

    It does not matter what “P” she is! She is standing up for the best interest of all teachers red whit or blue. Are you suggesting that if she was of the UDP persuasion then what she is doing would be good? What the heck does political persuasion hyave to do with working to get a living wage for our teachers? This is the problem with our little country none of us could see or think beyond our political beliefs. Party politics has its place but some things are simply Belizean, and the best interst of the country should be at heart. When we start thinking this way or country will move ahead.

  5. Dean McAfee says:

    Agree with CEO. Reminds me of the time PM ranted that the Bar Association is full of PUPs…as if that is supposed to make it un-Belizean in some way.

  6. John Doe says:

    Since when does it matter what party you belong to. If you believe you are being taken advantage of, then by all means STAND UP FOR YOU RIGHTS!!! Some people are just fanatics and idiots!! If you have nothing sensible to comment, keep it to yourself!!!!!

  7. Steve says:

    I feel that the attack on Ms Galvez is a shortsightedness and an agenda to deviate the real issue of gov’t irresponsibility to find a solution and honor what is due to teachers and public servants. There is a lot of waste and squandering of public finance by gov’t ministers and lackeys. Just recently the land scams that were revealed cost gov’t millions of dollars in compensation of illegal land deals when the minister knew very well of the situation but aware of the millions that they will get in return. Late model vehicles that ministers and lackeys acquire and many involved in traffic accidents as the one involving Faber’s brother. There are many ways how gov’t can have the finance for a solution to the teachers demand.

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