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Will B.N.T.U. Resume Strike Action? Prime Minister Called on to Intervene

The memo requests information on the number of striking teachers to be delivered within hours earlier today. The B.N.T.U. believes that this latest missive is not an act of good [...]

P.U.P. Leader Says Teachers Must Be Paid

This afternoon the People’s United Party was quick to respond to the plight of the teachers. In a press conference today, Leader of the Opposition John Briceño demanded that the [...]

It’s Back to School After Eleven Days Off for Students

While the Ministry of Education and Belize National Teachers’ Union have not made up yet, the teachers were back in school in full force today. A check of schools across [...]

Belize National Teacher’s Union Votes to Put Strike on Hold

The overwhelming number of branches of the Belize National Teachers’ has agreed to end their eleven-day industrial action as of this evening and return to classes on Wednesday morning. This [...]

Teachers’ Union Reviews 8 Points, Says They Got Most of What They Asked For

The Union says that its eight-point agenda, the three percent salary adjustment deferral and Social Security coverage to and from work were just about fulfilled.  There was no agreement on [...]

Union Pleads With School Managers Not to Dock Salaries

As the teachers and students return to class, there is concern about possible punitive measures including withholding of salaries for the eleven days of absences by teachers. The B.N.T.U. has [...]

Teachers Say Thanks with Final Rally on Saturday, But Say Fight Will Continue for Good Governance

The B.N.T.U. picked up many endorsements from the wider society, but in terms of major support, both financial and in muscle on the street, was it enough to have pushed [...]

Michael Young is Dead at 61; Acclaimed Senior Counsel Suspected to Have Committed Suicide

Senior Counsel Michael Young, a well-known and brilliant legal mind is dead at age sixty-one.  He is the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The shocking news of his untimely [...]

Dickie Bradley Reflects on Life of his Relative

Late this evening, News Five spoke with attorney Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, a relative of Senior Counsel Young.  He shared with us a brief reflection on the personal and professional life [...]

Defence Minister John Saldivar Sent on Leave in Wake of Fresh Danny Mason investigation

On Monday, the P.M. announced that Minister of Agriculture Gaspar Vega had resigned from cabinet, but not as area rep. Today, there is another move that will affect cabinet, but [...]

Gaspar Vega Leaves Cabinet; Position Under Pressure Following Land Deal

Speculation was rampant all morning that once powerful Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and, more recently, Minister of Agriculture, Gaspar Vega, had resigned this morning. The conjecture [...]

Ex-DPM Remains O.W. North Rep; Barrow Acknowledges Transaction Was “Mistake”

Vega has been in cabinet since 2008 and was first named Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources. According to the Prime Minister, “his personal friend,” is not demitting [...]

Current Lands Minister Admits G.O.B. Did Not Have Authority Over Parcel

The entire transaction outlining the initial acquisition of the property in question, as well as its allotment and subsequent purchase by Pitts and Vega was presented in great detail by [...]

Government Paid Out Compensation Sums Over Several Months

Both Pitts and Vega were compensated by government more than eight hundred thousand dollars over the course of seven months.  In the case of Pitts, payments commenced in March 2015 [...]

Company Paid Princely Sum for Placencia Land Blocking Their Property

Even as the Prime Minister was announcing the resignation from Cabinet of Gaspar Vega, additional information was surfacing about land deals that stink to high heaven.  The following has to [...]

More Big Money for Placencia Lands Paid to Vega Family and Friends

There is another instance of compensation paid for land in the peninsula. In February 2012, unknown to the residents of Placencia, who had been agitating for a reserve, land was [...]

Prime Minister Offer Compromise to Joint Unions Negotiating Team – B.N.T.U. Has No Decision

On Friday, the Belize National Teachers’ Union had declared that its strike action would go into a third week. It insisted that this was because the critical labour issues, including [...]

A Third Week for B.N.T.U.’s Industrial Action

The Belize National Teachers’ Union will continue its industrial action into a third week, possibly matching the length of the 2005 strike called after then-Prime Minister Said Musa introduced tough [...]

Demonstration Planned for Wednesday as Meeting with P.M. Postponed

During the meeting between the B.N.T.U. and the PM on Thursday, President Luke Palacio says that there was agreement that the presidents of the B.N.T.U., the Association of the Public [...]

Prime Minister Outlines Social Security and Pensions

The Prime Minister met until into the evening with the B.N.T.U. on Thursday. When he emerged from that meeting he told the media that there was agreement on many of [...]

B.N.T.U. Gives Their Side on Labour Issues

For the first time since the strike began, there appears to be a division established in the solid eight-point agenda of the B.N.T.U. – nine, if the salary adjustment on [...]

OSH Bill Will Be Addressed Through N.T.U.C.B.

The Occupational Safety and Health Bill is among a few demands that the trade unions, including the B.N.T.U., have with the business community.  It is the final point on a [...]

B.N.T.U. Addresses Give-and-Take of Negotiation

Speaking after the PM’s press conference much later in the evening on Thursday, B.N.T.U. president described the meeting as even more difficult than the previous. The eight points presented to [...]

Will Chamber of Commerce Support B.N.T.U. with Shutdown of Businesses?

Earlier today, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry advised its members that it is yet to receive a formal response to a letter written to the Prime Minister on [...]

P.M. and B.N.T.U. Meet; Some Agreements Reached

The Prime Minister met with the Belize National Teachers Union beginning at two o’clock this afternoon. At five-forty this evening, the P.M. spoke about what happened inside; in respect of [...]