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So will the teachers loose a percentage of their pay check for the month of October for being in support of the industrial action taken by BNTU? And what is BNTU’s take on the Ministry’s treat?

Today we spoke to President of BNTU Orange Walk, Otilio Munoz, who reiterated that the ruling passed down by Chief Justice Conte back in 2005, when teachers staged strike action for 10 days, which indicated that the government could not instruct managements to deduct for strike action, still applies today. According to Munoz the BNTU is at the time, arduously working with the different school Managers to ensure that teacher’s salary does not see a deduction.


Screen_Shot_2016-10-19_at_8.03.30_PMOtilio Munoz – BNTU President Orange Walk Branch 

“The minute we are on a strike, the salaries of teachers may be deducted, and I didn’t wanted to use the work may, and that is a very small key word and very dynamic may be deducted, now if you can recall there was an incident in 2005 when we had a strike as well and there was a directive sent by the ministry of education at that time to all management and all Chair of the Board that any teacher who goes on strike will be deducted then we find out that on that same year on 2005 Chief Justice ruled that the ministry was not in that position to do that and it was clear that the general managers of the different schools are the ones who made that decision and it is on their side, if they decide to deduct from the teachers’ pay they are the ones who will make that decision, because at the end of the day the management are the owners of the school and not the ministry of education so that is one and I think from the very beginning of this strike it was made clear on a morning show when Chief Carol Babb and David Leacock were going around and the chairperson of all the general managers of all the primary schools she clearly said as well as we know.”


The B.N.T.U. as mentioned before has promised to stand up for its teachers until the end on this point, including taking the matter to court if necessary.

Otilio Munoz – BNTU President Orange Walk Branch 

“I contacted the national president and he disagree with what the directive of Chief Carol Babb is and he disagree with that and he believe it is out of order, we are looking at the possibility of calling the Prime Minister to intervene and that can be possible, we can call in the general managers for a meeting to explain to them that their decision is final as to the deduction of salaries and not from the ministry position that is another way out and the third I need to also say that in the event legal action has to be taken and let the court decide as to the ruling and I think you can res assure that the teachers of the Orange Walk district and the National president is looking at that as the last resort.”

Late this evening the Belize National Teachers Union responded to GOB’s memorandum- calling on government to ‘Stop the Aggravation.’

In the release the BNTU advises its membership that they are currently seeking legal advice on what the union describes as GOB’s latest attack, and currently looking for a way to deal with the implications of the memo, adding Quote “Be reminded that we have only put our strike action on hold, Despite our Teachers’ good faith to make up lost time with the students, the government continues to act in bad faith” end quote.

In ending their release the BNTU makes a call to all school managements not to succumb to the threat by GOB.

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