By BBN Staff: Yesterday, the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) launched a documentary of its 11-day strike last August.
The executive officers of the union spoke strongly about the demands that the union had made to the government of Belize last year.
They also reminded Prime Minister, Dean Barrow that their strike is only “on hold.”
The union told the media that they have been requesting an update from Barrow to see how far government is with meeting those demands. Last year, the strike ended with Barrow promising to implement most of their demands.
The President and Vice President of the BNTU reiterated the union’s stance on demanding an update from the PM.
“We wrote to them last week. We wrote to the Prime Minister asking him to give us an update on where we are with our 8 demands, so that if we could have given any word of praise, we would have given the word of praise and where condemnation would have been due, we would have condemned as well. But you know what he did, he disrespected the Belize National Teachers Union and we will not stand up, we will not sit down idly and take disrespect,” Vice President Luke Palacio stated.
President Elena Smith said that the union is monitoring the progress of their demands and reminded that the strike is on hold: “We must now be more vigilant in our monitoring of these demands to ensure that implementation is done to its fullest as we celebrate this tremendous milestone we remind those in power that our strike continues to be on hold. Should the wrong button be pushed, this documentary launched can easily become the launching of phase 2 of our strike. We therefore advise those of you in authority, those of you who believe that you are gods, we advise you to tread our territory carefully.”