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Feb 8, 2013

Another lukewarm B.N.T.U. consultation in Dangriga

Word coming out of Dangriga after Thursday night’s union membership meeting is that teachers and public officers are not exactly jumping up and down with joy over G.O.B.’s salary adjustment proposal. News Five understands that only a little more than one hundred union members attended the meeting, primarily teachers, and the reception of the proposal was at best lukewarm. On Wednesday, there was a scanty turn out at the consultations between teachers and union leaders in Belize City. G.O.B.’s position is that it has no money to pay salary adjustments, but it makes a promise that if the economy improves and government’s recurrent revenue position takes an upturn, then teachers and public officers would stand to receive a percentage of that revenue increase as a salary adjustment between 2014 and 2017. After a closed door session with Prime Minister Dean Barrow, union leaders signed on to that proposal. And when those leaders presented it to their executive bodies, they also signed on. But when it comes to selling the proposal to the wider membership – well, that not’s going really well. Tonight union leaders will be in Punta Gorda, and we’ll have a report on how that went in Monday’s newscast.

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5 Responses for “Another lukewarm B.N.T.U. consultation in Dangriga”

  1. sickntired says:

    I hope them dunce @$$ union leaders get the understanding now that the rest of the teachers and public officers no stupid like them. How long govt had to grow the economy and share the proceeds? Now if govt is saying that did not happen then what is the likelihood of that happening now? Dont waste time striking – vote them out. The next party has a new leader who is smart, young and loves his country plus know how to get smart people to work with him.

  2. Steve says:

    Union leaders have betrayed the membership. Some are bought with only a birthday song and some sweets and cake. Such leader has nothing to lose. Any dealings is to his advantage if it does not benefit the memberships.

  3. Bear says:

    The nation cannot borrow money to pay salary raises for anybody. If the revenue is not there, raises are impossible.

    Or we can simply print money, and pay them with that. Venezuela has been printing new money for years, and today they had to devalue their currency by almost 50%. Everybody loses with that strategy, except people holding foreign currency.

    We need a new, honest GOB that understands how economies grow. It’s not by more taxes and more theft, waste, and government spending. Until we have a new GOB, we will continue to bounce along the bottom of economic growth charts. That affects each and every one of us.

  4. Unitedville Guy says:

    On Tuesday of last week i came from work around 5.30 and went to the store in unitedville to buy cigarets. There i encountered the chairman mike Juan drunk as usual.. He proceeded to follow and threaten me but i walked away and was ignoring him. he then jumped in his truck and went around and came back in front of me in his truck. there he sat with his gun in his lap to further intimidate me, but when i refused to be intimidated he pulled his gun and pointed it at me and pointed it at me. that’s when i knocked the gun away and punched him. he then gathered up men from the village and brutally beat me.. i have made a report at Cayo police station for a gun charge and harm, i have my doctor paper pictures, witnesses and a lot more but they have refused to charge him with anything and are trying to sweep this under the rug like if nothing happened.. Inside sourced have told me that prominent minister officials called the cayo police station and told them not to press charges against him. i am not the first, second nor third person this has happen to.

  5. Bear says:

    Unitedville, maybe the good citizens there should organize their own posse and enforce the law properly including by making citizen’s arrests, like our Constitution permits. Keep cameras handy. too, to get irrefutable proof — it is the video of Mark King rioting at the Princess Casino that will lead to his downfall finally.

    Also, petition to ComPol Whylie, see if he really wants the police to do their job properly and treat all Belizeans equally.

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