By Aaron Humes:Public Service Union (PSU) President, Gerald Henry, has addressed his fellow public officers on the occasion of the COVID-19 National Emergency.
In an audio message he says public officers, as they have so many times before, have again been called on to manage this crisis and rescue Belize.
He does not specifically address the proposals by Government to save $17 million in frozen increments, dropped allowances and so on, but does ask revenue collectors to continue taking in as much revenue as possible.
“In order for our Government to continue providing for all of us, it is absolutely vital to continue generating whatever revenue possible. We need to avoid the loss of life at all costs, but we also need to ensure the functioning of the economy,” Henry said.
He added, “This is not a time for selfish behaviors and attitudes, because those public officers who came before us had to do it for us; it is simply our turn to do our part to ensure the Belize we want in the future for our children.”
Henry reminded that the public servants are “the heroes of the country,” serving selflessly in all their posts despite being called lazy by some.
He offered his salutations to those who have been serving from the beginning, particularly the medical staff to whom we owe our very lives, he said.
Henry called on those working from home to be efficient, and those considered non-essential not to take a vacation but to spend the time building strong families.
The Union is soon expected to respond to the Government’s proposals.