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Sep 15, 2016

Teachers say, “It’s not just about the three; it’s about country!”

On Wednesday, we shared the strident response of Minister of Education and Youth Patrick Faber to the goings-on with the union. He insists that there is currently no labour dispute between the Government and the public sector unions and since the Government is addressing other national issues, any demonstration or other industrial action should be seen as having other intentions, particularly political ones. At today’s meeting the Belize National Teachers’ Union unveiled a new slogan referring to the melding of their issues – “It’s not just the three, it’s about country!” President Luke Palacio tells us what that means for you and for Faber.


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

Luke Palacio

“I don’t know what part of it is not for the three it is for country he doesn’t understand. If it is for the country we are dealing with national issues, matters affecting this country in a big way and it is the rights, it is the responsibility, it is enshrined in unions activities and even in the ILO conventions that if persons are disturbed about the matters that affecting their livelihood, the minster yesterday tried to make it that it is not a labour dispute, nobody said it was a labor dispute. We’re saying that there are national issues and we as a national organization duly registered in Belize has a right to deal with matters of national importance that affect our livelihoods. Not necessarily any labour relations matter.”

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1 Response for “Teachers say, “It’s not just about the three; it’s about country!””

  1. Steve says:

    The minister of education needs to go back to Infant 1 because he seems not to understand something explained in a very simple way. He should go back to his primary school teachers for more education.

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