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Feb 4, 2013

N.T.U.C.B. to get salaries adjusted in 2014

At a meeting that lasted for at least five hours on Saturday, the joint councils of the unions discussed in detail a package from the government in respect of salary adjustments. The eight point proposal applies to teachers, public officers and pensioners and is to take effect next year and early indications are that temperatures have simmered down following last Tuesday’s mass demonstrations.  The proposals now go before membership for their consideration. Duane Moody covered the Belmopan meeting.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The joint councils of the Association of Public Service Senior Managers, the Belize National Teachers’ Union and the Public Service Union met on Saturday at the Convention Hotel in the Capital. The hot topic on the table for discussion was the Salary Adjustment Proposal offered by G.O.B. following a meeting with the Prime Minister on Friday. The executive voted in favor of the proposal.

 

Marvin Blades, President, Public Service Union

Marvin Blades

“Today we met with our councils of managements. We are now going out to our regular membership to also endorse the proposal—to flesh out those proposals with them. We didn’t have any objections to the proposal; in fact, we explained the proposal perfectly we would say—for lack of a better word. We went through thoroughly the explanation of the proposal and all questions were asked and answered and so our executive are well-knowledgeable people. They understand the entire proposal and they endorsed it.”

 

Luke Palacio, National President, B.N.T.U.

“We do believe, we understand, what the proposal is saying. They overwhelming voted in favor of supporting those proposals. We will now go back to our membership to ensure that they understand what it is we are saying that we would agree to. We are still working out the details that will then form a part of the collective bargaining agreement. When that agreement is signed whenever this round of negotiations—which has been long drawn out—is concluded, that particular proposal with all the relevant components will be included in the collective bargaining agreement.”

 

The salary adjustment proposal, if accepted, will not take effect until 2014 and is based on a formula of actual recurrent revenue overturn and will cover financial years 2014 to 2017. However, the maximum salary adjustment in any single year will not exceed ten percent of wages and wage related grants.

 

Marvin Blades

“It is specifically one specific proposal that government made—it includes an adjustment for 2014, 2015 and 2016; going into 2017—a three years consecutive. It’s matching up to the revenue outturn—from one year to the next year—the difference between those is 2what government will use for the salary adjustment. So that is basically what the proposal is all about.”

 

Luke Palacio

“We have ensured now that there is going to be a mechanism in place that there is a salary adjustment—it may not necessarily be at the quantum that we had originally requested, but all indications are that it would be. Either close to that, but definitely each year, we should be able to see some adjustment in our salary.”

 

The back to back meetings come on the heels of a demonstration last Tuesday as thousands of teachers marched on Belmopan and demanded a salary adjustment. Now the question is – will teachers and public officers play follow the leader and accept government’s proposal?

 

Luke Palacio

Luke Palacio

“The purpose of Tuesday’s demonstration was to bring pressure on the government; to move from its position where it had said no to salary adjustments. We were not given any kind of indication that they were prepared to give us a salary adjustment. In yesterday’s meeting, the position changed. The government made the offer. They keep with these proposals that the president of the P.S.U. has outlined and which will be outlined in the press release that we have prepared. So we believe that progress has been made. It was never our intention to say to the government, give us a salary adjustment in spite of. We wanted to show them that they were figures that give indication that they can afford the salary adjustment.”

 

In the interim, two committees will be formed to finalize the adjustment agreement and verify the numbers as well as look at ways to strengthen and improve the revenue collection system. Other components of the collective agreement will also be negotiated. Duane Moody for News Five.

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9 Responses for “N.T.U.C.B. to get salaries adjusted in 2014”

  1. RedBwai says:

    I cant believe the NTUCB got taken for a ride once again by the government lol..i mean seriously…u mean to tell me as a teacher i have to wait an entire year for my well deserved salary increase of less than 10%?? when i’ve been waiting from 2001 to 2005 for that same increase??then wait another wat..3 years before it is inceased again? by that time elections will be right around the corner…so let me get this straight the teachers have been asking government for a salary increase from 2001 and now have to wait until 2014 to receive it??..thats 13 years!! what a bunch of crap…but yet the government can find money to pay off gang leaders, buy those expensive late model rides u see them riding around in, take those foreign trips every week, those grand expense accounts, obscene allowancies, etc…this government is a waist of time…pay the teachers their salary increases man…they have been waiting far too long…the cost of living is only increasing in price every year…they should also be made to pay interest or at least make those salary increases be retroactive from 2001..

  2. sickntired says:

    These poor union leaders swallow suger coated crap – i feel sorry for them. First of all finance officers only know numbers that govt feed to them. An economist with exposure to the country overall figures sees a different picture. Govt gave themselves plenty room to come back and say things still bad so no raise next year. The union should get themselves straight before they decide to pretend demonstrate. By next year the politicians will have robbed so much that indeed there might not be anything left. Unions – save your demonstrations for 2years before elections. Then if you have to strike do it the year before elections. Politicians only wake up close to election time.

  3. oscar965 says:

    According to the Belizean Payscale available on the internet dated 2009 teachers earn a minimum of $422.31 per and a maximum of $895.38 per week. When i compare this to what the regular belizean worker earns per week, your simpathy for the teachers seems to fade away. Look for yourselves
    http://www.belize.gov.bz/public/Attachment/98202292371.pdf

  4. Bear says:

    In this economy, nobody else gets a salary increase anywhere near 30% over three years.

    We’ll all be working for the public employees now, including the incompetent and lazy ones.

    Raises should have been tied to performance and proof of competence. You can raise the pay of a bad teacher, but it won’t turn him into a good teacher.

    Here is the flaw in the “negotiations” that led to this proposal: it excluded a voice for the students and for the taxpayers. They are both affected, but their needs were not heard.

  5. Entrepreneur says:

    So, N.T.U.C.B. is considering to take one more year of ever-increasing economic inflation? Please don’t say ou overlooked this important issue; for prices of goods and services will not stand still until you get your salary adjustments.

  6. Master says:

    All this is showing is the incompetence of any Belizean government to deal with the economy. Of course tax payers as well as any worker in this country is affected. Blame incompetence.

  7. ABC says:

    Have you ever seen a surplus in a GOB budget lately?? These union leaders are not ready to stand up for what is right… Have never felt the need to join any union, they are all a joke.

  8. no money deh says:

    Minister Mark King gambling in Casini Big monday night and going on drunk and lawless, now thats weh the money deh. he get 400,thousand for watchman services, the next Minister get ONE MILLION to build a fence, and these no good union leaders accept Barrows excuse, singing happy birthday. I am sorry they displayed no negotiating skills whatsoever

  9. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    DEM WRAP UP TEACHERS AGAIN !!!

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