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Dec 4, 2020

P.S.U. Addresses New Vehicles for Ministers and C.E.O.s

Dean Flowers

Ahead of the recent elections, the Public Service Union had made several recommendations regarding the purchase and acquisition of new vehicles for ministers and other government officials.  While some elected officials have opted not drive new vehicles, others including their C.E.O.s have gotten spanking new rides.   According to the P.S.U. Vice President, the new administration needs to lead by example in terms of reducing government’s largesse.

 

Dean Flowers, 1st Vice President, P.S.U.

“In future conversations with the government we’ll have to make it clear that you ought to lead by example and if it is that we have ministers coming in and C.E.O.s coming in and despite the tough economic times that we’re in, demanding that they be provided with a brand new three hundred thousand dollar SUV, we will call that out for what it is.  It’s acting irresponsible and it’s purely a matter of hypocrisy when they were in opposition.  I’ve heard a couple ministers stated that what they want is a safe vehicle, I’ve heard certain ministers say I don’t want a vehicle, I have my own vehicle and what I would like is a fuel allowance which is fair enough.  I think that as a public officer and as a worker, every other worker in this country, we’re paid a salary.  We’re given allowances whereby we deserve it and we then have responsibilities to find our way to work.  I believe that we need to go back to those days, even for ministers.  There ought to be no reason why a minister is given a package of a hundred and twelve thousand dollars and on top of that the people must bear the purchasing and the maintenance of a vehicle for him or her.  But that is my view.  Until the people of Belize start demanding value for their money, these excesses and these abuses whereby people think they’re entitled to the finest and the best, even in difficult times when we’re saying people are struggling to put food on their table, what can we do?  We can only speak about it but it will take people power to demand change.”


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