By BBN Staff: The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) will be holding a demonstration in Belmopan on November 7, to serve as a warning to the Ministry of Education.
The BNTU held a press conference today at its headquarters in Belize city, with the presidents of its 10 branches in attendance.
BNTU President, Elena Smith, said that the union has taken the position to demonstrate, in light of comments made by Minister of Education Patrick Faber, which the union maintains are completely untrue.
She said that Faber continues to spread untruths about the ongoing negotiations for hardship allowance for teachers in remote areas and that the ministry is disrespecting the union by telling them to meet with district education managers instead of the Minister and his team.
Smith said that Faber’s repeated disrespect of the union will not go unchecked, and the union is preparing to send a strong message.
“This is to show them that we will no longer tolerate their disrespect. We will no longer tolerate their union busting and we want to ensure that our members are heard so they can get what they deserve,” Smith said.
She noted that the demonstration is only the beginning and that the union is prepared to go as far as it needs to for the sake of its members