In July we reported that increments for public officers that were frozen in 1995 were released to the trustees of the Public Sector Workers’ Trust which was established to hold funds in trust for all public officers and teachers whose annual increments were frozen from the 1st of April 1995 to the 31st of March 1997. The Accountant General transferred the balance of $3.06 million held in a Government Savings Account to the Trust. In addition to this, $2 million unions received as BTL dividends since 2008 were transferred to the Trust. It was good news but it appears that there are some things that remain unclear for many of those who were affected in 1995 to 1997. In an effort to clear all confusion and doubts, the Trust Committee is conducting a consultation across the country. President of the Orange Walk BNTU Branch, Otilio Munoz, tells us more.
Otilio Munoz- President BNTU Orange Walk Branch
“There was a miscommunication on the part of the government because the Prime Minister released an information saying that teachers who are affected need to contact the people that form the trust and make sure that they get their monies and at no time there is any reimbursement of monies so that has created that confusion in our membership and because of that then the trust committee is going around carrying out consultations to keep membership posted as to what the trust is all about, the maturity how the trust will be worked out but definitely there is no monies reimbursed for membership. As I mention again it is not reimbursement of money but it is for projects that they can see but projects that will give money back it is like a revolving money, finances that they can access and they can make sure that they can pay back it is like for loans and projects and it can be individual or as a group from our membership because we don’t want them to think that oh I was affected and I don’t have a say again.”
A release that was issued at the time stated that the trust is for the purpose of funding various projects for the benefit of the affected public officers and teachers and their families and those that had been affected should contact the Trustees for further information about the benefits payable to them. This, and other concerns, will be clarified at the consultation to be held in Orange Walk Town on October 15th at the Gala Lounge starting at 5:30 in the evening.
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