By BBN Staff: The Christian Workers Union (CWU) and the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) are standing in solidarity with the Belize National Teachers’s Union (BNTU) against what they describe as a union busting attempt by the government of Belize.
Both the CWU and PUP have issued strong statements condemning the Ministry of Education and Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber for allocating $1 million to give to teachers who did not go on strike in October 2016.
The CWU said that the action is a clear effort to undermine unionism and is an unjustifiable use of funds in Belize’s current economic climate.
“This million dollar give-away shows what poor losers Minister Faber and his Government are and serves as a powerful warning to all how far they are prepared to go to have their own way,” CWU President Mr. Dale Trujeque said.
Similarly, the PUP said that given the economic recession, an austerity budget, and almost $60 million in spending cuts for the Police Department, the Fire Department, and the Food Pantry Program, and $80 million in new taxes, the Minister is using public funds recklessly.
“It’s the sign of a stubborn, immature and downright dangerous man who refuses to accept that he went up against the teachers and lost,” The PUP said.
In a press release issued yesterday afternoon, the BNTU called on the managers of schools countrywide to reject this latest attempt by the government at union busting and stated that the $1 million instead be given to Management to improve the conditions of their school buildings and equipment as needed.