Late this evening, the Ministry of Finance announced that teachers and public officers will be receiving an eight (8) percent salary increase effective July 2015 retroactive to April 1st, 2015. The increase, says the Ministry, will total approximately $38 million and is separate from the 2% annual increment which is given to public officers and teachers on the basis of merit. The salary increment stems from the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in February of 2014 between the Government of Belize and the unions representing public officers and teachers among them the PSU and BNTU. The Collective Bargaining Agreement established a framework, a part of which is a salary increase every year for three years commencing in 2014. It is of note that last year, public officers and teachers received a six percent (6%) salary increase.
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