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Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020. 8:17 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Public Service Union (PSU) said that it has accepted the Government of Belize’s proposed cost-saving measures (CSM) to forego annual salary increments for a year, but that acceptance comes with conditions.

Dean Flowers, the PSU’s First Vice-President, told our newsroom that after the final meeting with Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Financial Secretary Joseph Waight last week, the Union agreed to forego the increments on the condition that the issue could be revisited once Belize’s economy rebounds.

“So in principle, we accepted for us to forego the increment but with the understanding that..we’re hoping that coupled with the recovery of the economy on a larger scale, we would be able to revisit the foregone increment and have it reinstalled at a later date,” Flowers said.

Flowers also said that, contrary to local media coverage, the union did not “crumble” but rather made an informed decision for the betterment of Belize.

“The PSU acceded to the request with certain conditions and as a partner with government we now move forward to aid with the recovery of the economy,” Flowers said.

 

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