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May 13, 2020

Cooler Heads Prevail Between P.S.U. and G.O.B.

Another dispute that was bubbling is also been ironed out.  The Public Service Union, the Belize National Teachers Union and the Association of Public Service Senior Managers met with Prime Minister Barrow this morning to discuss the issue of increments and allowances for this fiscal year.  The P.S.U. and the Ministry of Finance have remained at loggerheads over wage increases that are due to eligible public officers.  The union has stood its ground in rejecting a waiver of increments and government reacted threatening to amend to the Public Service Regulations.  Today, during the virtual discussion, cooler heads prevailed and the threat to alter salaries for public officers has since been rescinded.  While he was circumspect in sharing details of the meeting, First Vice President Dean Flowers told News Five that a framework is being established and that the sit-down was amicable.


On the Phone: Dean Flowers, 1st Vice President, P.S.U.

“Unfortunately, at this moment I won’t be able to give a proper synopsis of the meeting other than to confirm with you that, as was scheduled, the joint unions met with the prime minister and his team.  The specific details of the discussion which have not been finalized or placed in writing, they have been finalized, they have simply not been placed in writing and as it was agreed, we shall wait for those to be put in writing before we make comments on them.  I am also certain that in tomorrow’s press briefing the prime minister will outline that framework as was agreed upon today with the joint unions.  The meeting with the prime minister was fruitful, it was extremely amicable and respectful and we’re pleased with the discussions held this morning.  Also, I can safely say that we’re pleased that at the end of the meeting we were able to neutralize the threat that was issued to public officers and teachers.”

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