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Feb 7, 2013

Belize City teachers say too many “ifs” in salary proposals

The Belize District Branch of the Belize National Teachers Union expected six hundred of its members to show up at the first consultation with its leaders for the presentation of a government proposal for salary increments for the years 2014 to 2017. The maximum salary adjustment in any of the three years would not exceed ten percent of the wages. But at the consultation meeting, which began at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall at five-thirty on Wednesday evening, only about a hundred union members attended. The meeting continued to eight-thirty, but the numbers dwindled. The teachers, generally, did not seem supportive of the proposal details. Specifically, some of them voiced that there were too many “ifs” involved in the equation and they needed a proposal with specific numbers and timeframe. One teacher said they need a floor and not just a ceiling as the government proposed a ten percent cap, but no minimum increase. While the purpose of the meeting was not for a vote, it was to present the details and receive feedback from the membership.  After all the branches participate in similar consultations countrywide, the unions’ executives will then provide a response to the government.

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9 Responses for “Belize City teachers say too many “ifs” in salary proposals”

  1. sickntired says:

    Well i am glad the teachers smelling the rat. I guess they not as dumb as their executives and leaders.

  2. Rod says:

    This pm has made fools out of you teachers if you believe you’ll get a raise then unu deserve whey unu get teachers cannot be so foolish march unu march

  3. Wendy says:

    This government is stupid and is setting up themselves for one of the worst beating in next election because they think that they can deceive the people of Belize.

  4. isee says:

    Read between the lies teachers. More and more lies. Its not only your knowledge anymore. Its wisdom. PM is a failure. Do what majority want PM. Step down and call early early early election. You might be forced to do so anyway.

  5. not again says:

    I think the teachers are NOT getting what the others that met with the ministers are getting. They promised them something else thats why they are happy. Which minister of education needs your vote now teachers? Show him how you feel.

  6. Nadine Harris says:

    I am a teacher of many years, so I have to be the voice of reasoning among my less experienced and knowledgeable colleagues, as I think they are being deceive by some rather greedy colleagues with a political agenda.

    Perhaps we should just wait and see if the economy gets better, before demanding a 30% raise.
    I sure wouldn’t like for my PM to have to raise taxes just so that we can buy some more shoes and clothes.

  7. Southern says:

    Lies, Lies. Greed is the reason teachers and others are being denied their raise. Raising taxes is not the only way to meet those demands. Seems as if the only thing these politicians know how to do is raise taxes.

  8. James says:

    The cost of living will go down “no matter what”.

  9. Steve says:

    Belize would be a better country if the unbridled gov’t. corruption stops. Barrow is trumpeting that to give salary adjustment, taxes need to increase. His statement is a lie and many tend to believe it. Salary adjustment can come through without increasing taxes. The unions have made recommendations on how gov’t. can save money. Let’s take as example Vega’s Ministry. His henchmen are above careered and experienced public officers in this ministry. These henchmen have no knowledge about the work at Lands except to hustle and to make land deals but they get a good salary, a late model vehicle to travel from O. Walk to Belmopan and back, almost everyday, free gas. This is one ministry, how about the other gov’t. ministries? Just imagine! Yet, Barrow is saying IF there is a surplus. Teachers let’s not be complacent. George Frazer should be out of the negotiations. He has nothing to lose, on the contrary, every of his move is a gain for him. Remember he was and is one of the ACBs like Lois, Godwin, Ysaguirre

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