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Feb 11, 2013

Will there be fireworks at Orange Walk B.N.T.U. meeting?

Otilio Munoz

Leaders of the Belize National Teachers Union, Public Service Union and Association of Public Service Senior Manager are currently going across the country presenting their wider membership with a salary adjustment proposal. So far the union leaders have been in Belize District, Dangriga and Punta Gorda. The media hasn’t been allowed to sit in, but there are reports that the response by teachers and public officers has been lukewarm in terms of attendance. In the Belize District, there are over six hundred financial union members, but only about one hundred of showed up. Today, member of the B.N.T.U.’s negotiating team, George Frazer, told News Five that teachers have been engaged in the process and the meetings in Dangriga and Punta Gorda were successful. Frazer also told us that on Tuesday they head to Orange Walk, and that is where they are expecting some fireworks since that branch is known to be very vocal and militant. B.N.T.U. Orange Walk Branch President, Otilio Munoz, says it’s not about causing problems, but about ensuring that their voices are heard.


Otilio Munoz, President, B.N.T.U. Orange Walk Branch

“We had a council of management meeting and we had to come to membership and ask them; it is a plan that we had in mind that we need to take an ultimatum as it pertains to the collective bargaining agreement which is negotiated by the three unions – B.N.T.U., P.S.U. and A.P.S.S.M. With that, we had to come to membership and let them decide and it was embraced by all members of the branches and the consensus was yes, we are going to be part of the demonstration in Belmopan; to tell the government that we are not satisfied with the closing of the negotiation that was brought out the last time. So we had the huge turnout in Belmopan. We had a great number of people, teachers and different organizations that joined us that day. So that is what happened and Orange Walk allowed that demonstration. Your voice needs to be heard in some way or the other. I cannot say what will happen; I would want to know what would happen. But I know that if teachers are not satisfied, they will say it and Orange Walk has been a branch that is very outspoken. You can look at the past with the ninth amendment and you name it, we have made a plan. I don’t know what will be the output of tomorrow, but I just want to emphasize that when you look at political things—political affiliations from teachers—that is one of the things that I am so proud of representing the B.N.T.U. You can rest assure that there have been teachers who are delegates of the United Democratic Party who will be voting for this election of the deputy prime minister position. And honestly people who are delegates, who are teachers, went for that demonstration. And in that respect them and I always make sure that people understand that B.N.T.U. is a non-political teachers’ organization. I have members who belong to the P.U.P. and teachers who belong to the U.D.P. and when it comes to dealing with issues and issues that affect them, they are right there aloud. That you can rest assure. So if there is any political thing, in my branch, I think they are there for a common cause.”


Tonight the negotiating team is in Belmopan where it will meet with membership from the entire Cayo district.  

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3 Responses for “Will there be fireworks at Orange Walk B.N.T.U. meeting?”

  1. melinda says:

    Definately a PUP fanatic.

  2. Juan Alas says:

    In Belmopan, teachers came from San Ignacio and the reception given to the president and its executive was not nice. I believe that they are getting the message that teachers are not satisfied with the proposal. I doubt things are going well for them.

  3. freddy says:

    I think all the ministers should take a pay cut an pay the the economy how can u ask the government for a raise if the money is not in the budget then the ministers can take a pay cut an some of the government workers that is getting paid lots of money because of who they know in office.

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