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Oct 8, 2015

PM Barrow Says Protesters Will be Unsuccessful

Dean Barrow

Barrow says that unrest at this time as regards industrial action and threats of the same are to be expected with the imminent approach of elections. But with that said, those attempts to pull government’s hand will be unsuccessful.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Part of the democracy and I suppose to be expected since the elections are imminent and the feeling has to be that now is the time to get from government what you will, this is the time to exercise leverage. Unfortunately, in two of the cases that you’ve mentioned, there was already a commitment to a timeline with respect to collective bargaining agreement negotiations. In the case of Social Security, I gather the schedule of meetings certainly was agreed upon and expected to go well into December, before they can arrive at a point where there is any possibility of agreement. Walking out and protesting will, in my view, do nothing to accelerating that schedule, to which they agreed. And so while I’m not surprised or even disappointed at the course of action embarked upon, it won’t get them anywhere. Likewise, with the people at UB. My understanding is that there is a consultancy that has been, in fact, engaged that is looking at comparators; that’s seeing where salaries are in the private sector, in the public sector in Belize and where salaries are with universities in the region…all of which data is supposed to be fed into the negotiating process. That negotiating process, again, clearly cannot be concluded before November four. So while as I say the efforts to force government’s hand is to be expected, those efforts cannot, in the circumstances, be successful.”

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1 Response for “PM Barrow Says Protesters Will be Unsuccessful”

  1. Stand tall says:

    That is why you will get vote out

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