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Feb 1, 2013

National Security Minister insists on taking on teachers

John Saldivar

While the Prime Minister was meeting with the unions in Belmopan, at Price Barracks, the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, was playing gatekeeper of the government. On Thursday morning, the very vocal Saldivar received national media attention when he took on teachers and the union during an appearance on the U.D.P.’s WAVE Radio. Taken at its worst his stance was considered unwarranted. Viewed in the best light it was unnecessary considering that Prime Minister Barrow was meeting with the unions today. News Five caught up with Minister Saldivar at Price Barracks today, and he told us that his words were not taken out of context at all. It was just plain talk. Here are his comments.


John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

“It’s amazing to me how simple English can be taken out of context. But I believe that the union leadership in trying to encourage their members to demonstrate against my government and to perhaps even strike against my government involves every one of us as members of cabinet who have made that decision along with the prime minister that we have made, which is to say that we cannot afford the increase. The prime minister is currently meeting with them and trying to negotiate. But they cannot come to an agreement, I have promised and all I have said is that I will take the government’s position to the membership which I believe has not been properly informed by their leadership. And that is all that I have said. I think we’ve all got to be men and women and be mature enough to understand each other’s role. I am a member of the cabinet, a member of the government that is in negotiations with the unions and I believe that our position as government has been misrepresented by the unions and I see nothing wrong in my saying, I want to explain my government’s position.”


According to Saldivar his position on travelling nationally to speak to teachers is unchanged. That is, unless some accommodation is reached between the Prime Minister and the unions. In the event of that happening, he says he will back off. 

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8 Responses for “National Security Minister insists on taking on teachers”

  1. mick says:

    To the teachers and other union membership in Belize I say watch this fellow carefully! He is a big dog, a bully, and thinks he is invincible and is on the side of “right”. That will cause him to behave in some egregious manner! I believe that! However, he must be mindful that all bullies have a catcher! Even the baddest dog can be coralled! I would make it a point to let the PM know that he should not allow this guy to speak for him/government. Saldivar will only throw mud in the waters of discussion and unruffle the feathers of concilliation and compromise!
    The arrogance he has in talking about the union leaders as if they are kids is apalling! saldivar may be the sage of wisdom but he does not remember that he is only a sage in his own little small world! He will now travel the country to “straighten” them out? Really? He would spend his energies better if he uses more of it to think up constructive policies to alleviate the crime problem! Seek new economic policies that would actively engage those who are at risk! Once he has conquered that then he can come and “straighten” the teachers. The teachers contribute to the well being of the nation, while the criminals(who he should be taking care of) are a drain on the country! Simple logic Saldivar, we have a minister who is in charge of education! Unless you, Saldivar, thinks that the education minister is not doing a good job at “straightening” the teachers?

  2. cough says:

    I feel nationally secure now.

    problem is not the corruption officers or the gangs, it is is the teachers who are treacherous.

  3. Whappy says:

    If only he had the nutz to talk to the criminals and thugs like this, and had the ability to do the job that he was actually to do. This is typical ‘chancey’ man behavior. Takr advantage of those who cannot fight for themselves. What a shame and disgrace to the house of representatives.

  4. Mel says:

    Do your job as national security minister and deal with the crime situation . Leave the teachers and unions to the appropriate minister.

  5. Bully Bully Minister says:

    When Minister Saldivar was suppose to flex his muscles, he chose to send the traitor foreign minister to San Ignacio to address crime that was basically happening in his backyard. That would’ve been more appropriate for you to do as a Cayo Area Rep, and Minister of National Security. Where was all this boldness that you’re throwing at our children’s educators, Bully Bully?

  6. Storm says:

    I wish Saldivar would try to bully the gangsters, Hezbollah, and Guat squatters.

  7. ceo says:

    I had a hard time reading beyond Saldiver’s second statement! That is not “your government” the government is of the people, by the people and should be for the people! You did not become a little god after elction; you because a servant of the people! This egocentric, myopic, idiot!

    No one goes into salary negotiations making comments like this. You are correct to predict that no agreement will be reached. With your attitude and disrespect of the teachers they should run you out of town.

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