Since news broke out that teachers who participated in the 11 days strike run the risk of not receiving their full salary at the end of the month, the public outcry has been tremendous, after all teachers were fighting for Belize. Joining the group of Belizeans who are against teacher’s salary deduction is the People’s United Party who condemned Government’s decision today.
According to Leader of the Opposition, Honorable John Briceno, the stance of the BNTU was a just and principled one, and teachers across this country stood for what every Belizean should demand – good governance and no corruption. With no malice in the actions by the teachers, they should get their full salary says Briceno.
Honorable John Briceno – Leader of the Opposition
“These issues that they were standing up for were not only issues that affected them but it affected the other Unions and it also affected each and every one of us but we are very concerned that after having such a long drawn out negotiations with the government that the government has now decided that they are not going to pay the teachers for the period that they were on strike, I think in the 205 strike the Unions went to court and the Chef Justice was very clear but I have been told that if they were to take industrial action that then the government is required to pay their salaries and that is why the teachers did not bring up that issue whilst they were negotiating with the Prime Minister and his officials we are very concerned after this long drawn out negotiations and after the teachers have decided in good will and good faith to go back to the classrooms because many of the promises are just promises that are going to take place in the future that the Prime Minister and the Minister of education that they have decided that they are not going to pay the teachers but what I think it is more offensive is that the ministry of education instead of sending this Memo directly to the Union and also to the different managements they decided to make it public even before the teachers could find out and we believe it is an act of bad faith, we are urging the government to do the right thing and to pay the teachers, to pay them what they rightly deserve and we expect that on the 31st of October all teachers are going to get 100% on their salaries and if they don’t we in the PUP we are going to be urging every one including the private sector and the other Unions to join the teachers and to go to the streets to ensure that they get fully compensated as mandated by the law.”
PUP calls on all entities including the unions, the churches, BCCI and the NGO communities to join them in ensuring that teachers do not suffer for the stance they took on behalf of the country.
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