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Feb 6, 2013

Belize District B.N.T.U. meets to discuss salaries


Kathleen Flowers

As we said, Prime Minister and union leaders emerged from a meeting last Friday with a tentative deal for salary increments that relies on a surplus in the government revenues. The deal will now be decided by the respective unions and the first joint meeting is underway. News Five spoke earlier today with Kathleen Flowers, the President of the Belize City branch of the B.N.T.U. and she says that six hundred union members are expected to attend the meeting at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall.


Kathleen Flowers, President of B.N.T.U., Belize District Branch

“The B.N.T.U., A.P.S.S.M. and P.S.U. membership; so we are having our first meeting this evening at which our intention is to present to the membership the proposals that was charted at the meeting with the P.M. last Friday. This proposal, what we are going to be sharing with them will be that it will be hinged on revenue output and that it will be based on the next three years inwards after we check the base year which will be 2013/2014 revenue collection.”


Jose Sanchez

“This depends on a surplus in revenues?”


Kathleen Flowers

“Yes, the surplus in revenue that the government would be able to collect from the various agencies that generate revenue and the surplus would sort of be garnered through improving the efficiency in the collection of revenue as well as an attempt to try to improve the performance of public service and perhaps cut down on wastage and the same things that the unions were trumpeting before we got to the proposal being charted. Some of same issues we are going to try to bring to the table to deliver on this surplus.”


Jose Sanchez

“So do you have any idea, being that some of this has been presented publicly, of any teachers so far saying this is what we think of it as yet? How do you expect the meeting to go?”


Kathleen Flowers

“When it comes to the members, because it is so broad based—we can’t tell exactly where that will go. But I know from my branch level, we presented it and tried to work the figures and try to apply the figures using real numbers taken from the budget. And my branch executive are not necessarily saying that they are a hundred percent endorsing it, but they have agreed that we ought to present it to our membership so that they can get a look at that and get the clear understanding for themselves. Hence we are asking that each of member come out so that they don’t get second-hand information and they don’t have to rely on anyone telling them this is the way the formula would work; but they would see for themselves how it would work and how they can digest it and understand it—take it back to their families, their friends—and thereafter, move on to ensuring that the general public understands where we are going with the proposals.”

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6 Responses for “Belize District B.N.T.U. meets to discuss salaries”

  1. oscar965 says:

    just once …i wish the general public could know exactly how much a teacher makes in a week..a month or a year…the same for public workers…just because i would love to compare those salaries o

  2. oscar965 says:

    just once …i wish the general public could know exactly how much a teacher makes in a week..a month or a year…the same for public workers…just because i would love to compare those salaries of the average working belizean…

  3. teacha says:

    a teacher with an associates degree makes about 345$bz a week

  4. Bear says:

    I would be happy to find money to pay teachers more if we could eliminate the incompetent ones quickly, and base raises and promotions on merit and performance of the good ones.

    In the long run, I propose that we change to a voucher system, under which the parents of each student are given money [not cash, obviously, but a credit to be given to the school] to spend sending their child to the school of their choice. Let the schools COMPETE with each other to provide the best education, which means that the successful schools will attract the best teachers by paying them more according to their performance.

    As it is, no teacher has any incentive except personal, professional pride to do a good job. And the unions have a way of eroding that sort of pride.

  5. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    The GOV feels hard to pay the teachers their due, but ignores THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of foreign workers not paying tax, and all that money going out of BZ !!!!

  6. street boy says:

    the comment above does not sounds right. a person who is in the teaching position have been receving very little money. you do not know what a teacher goes through in the class unless you become one. those who are teaching love children and teaching…. you love money and it sounds that you are making more than a well paied teacher at UB. Think about charts and other materials they need

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