Teachers and public officers are receiving an eight percent salary adjustment that becomes effective in July this year and which will total an approximate thirty-eight million dollars. As reported, this is in line with the terms under the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in 2014 where GOB and unions in representation of public officers and teachers established a framework which includes salary adjustments of up to thirty percent over the course of three years commencing last year.
This said the President of the Belize National Teachers Union Orange Walk Branch, Otilio Munoz, is what he wants to clarify. Munoz says he wants the public to be assured that this is an adjustment that has been agreed to by GOB and unions and that this has nothing to do with the current Petrocaribe funds that have been given much campaign in the last months.
Otilio Munoz – President, BNTU O/W Branch
“We want our membership and the general public to understand that the Petro Caribe at no time has facilitated the 8% that we are getting this year ad I need to make it absolutely clear that that is not true that if they are going to be mixing up because we believe that the government will do that, the government will start to say oh well the teachers and public servants of this country are getting their 8% salary adjustment because of the Petro Caribe funds and hat is absolutely nonsense and not true, we have a formula that the Prime Minister himself gave us to the Unions, we have worked with the formula and I want to thank the oublic servant who are the ones who actually giving because of the different committees that were set up and that same formula took us t the 8%.”
In 2014 teachers received a six percent salary adjustment. The percentage for 2016 is not yet ascertained.
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