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The teacher’s rallies across Belize have resulted in positive results. The PM announced yesterday that teachers and public servants will be getting not a 4% percent increase but 5% raise. Next week, the PM announced that the government will be presenting its national budget and this will be the focal point of their discussions. Our colleagues at 7News provided us with this clip of the Prime Ministers interview, here is that excerpt.


barrow27.2.14Prime Minister Dean Barrow


"We've just gone over the numbers this afternoon and I can tell you that it is clear that the teachers will get 5%; teachers and public officers. We keep saying teachers because they made the most noise - this is teachers and public officers will get by our reckoning 5%, in addition to the 2.5% annual increment. We are looking at 22 million dollars more in salaries to public officers and teachers and by our calculations that represents not less than a 5% salary increase."


The allocation of this additional revenue is earnings from IMMARBE and BTL which both revealed great profits for 2013. But will this profit carry on to other years, the PM assured the media and larger part of Belize that GOB will be locked in to maintaining the salary increase.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow


"If we don't see the same sort of revenue collection next year while we will be locked in to maintaining the salary increase, the public officers and teachers ought to recognize that ultimately it could well come to a point where we have to ask the rest of the society to sacrifice for them. At the very least they should give back to this society by way of better performance, by way of agreeing to some sort of merit base calculation before you come to talk about any additional salary increase because ultimately this thing must be paid for."


Jules Vasquez


"Sir, but in a sense its like a father of a excuse the term "rude pickney" and the "rude pickney" would ask for anything, but ultimately it's the father who give them and then would like to impose penalties retroactively."


Prime Minister Dean Barrow


"No. I like the analogy, but that's why we frame the calculation in a way did. You will get 50% of any additional revenue increase. Going forward, if next year the revenue collection decreases - before we come to the people of this country and say you know what we need to increase your taxes to make up for the revenue shortfall so we can continue to meet this huge wage bill, we would have to look at cutting spending. But anyway you take it; it means a lessening of what is available for the larger society in consequence of this wage increase. We will manage. That's what we've been elected to do and we'll manage, but I did appreciate the opportunity to speak some home truth to the teachers and to the public officers, but we will manage - they'll get their salary increase, it's going to be locked-in, we will find a way to pay it and not just this year but next year and the following year."


The total earnings of profits from both institutions netted 22 million and the deal was that public officers and teachers would receive half of that revenue earned for the increase. The increment is expected to be announced in next week’s national budget meeting.

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