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BNTU flexes ‘teacher’ muscle to propel Proposal 22 negotiations with Ministry of Education

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2018. 9:30 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Thousands of Belizean teachers came out to support their union’s call for complete negotiations on Proposal 22 as well as the categorization of hardship and commuting allowances.

The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) swarmed the streets of Belmopan city yesterday with their ‘Teechaz gat yuh back’ green shirts. Their purpose was to send a message to the Minister of Education and the Government of Belize.

BNTU’s President, Elena Smith was joined by former president Luke Palacio and their district committees and teachers.

The rally concluded at the Belmopan Civic center with engaging speakers from all their branches as well as speakers from other unions that extended their support to the union.

Smith says that the union is prepared to take the necessary action so that the Ministry gets serious about business. “The ministry kept telling us different stories: we will meet you, we’ll give you a date later because we have to get together and agree on a date, we have to check our calendars. Then we get a letter saying sorry we will hear from the principals. So the ministry keeps moving goal posts and what does the BNTU do? We run straight to the post and we score the goal,” Smith said.

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