By Aaron Humes: Barring a “jackpot,” Prime Minister John Briceno endorses the view of the private sector that it is time for the Public Service to taste the bitter bile of the last year as it relates to COVID-19 hurt.
While the public servants are seemingly digging in their heels, insisting that the Government implement cost-saving measures to stave off job and salary cuts, businesses have been forced to cut salaries and jobs while the public servants have kept theirs at full salary paid for by the taxpayers.
According to the Prime Minister, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Belize Business Bureau and others share the same views: “The private sector has taken some serious hits, they have cut salaries, in many instances people have been fired. But yet the Public Service have not done anything to try to do some kind of realignment and readjustment and that needs to be done.”
The P.M. said he is impatient for results on those measures the unions are presenting: “Some of the proposals that they have – and I haven’t seen them, seriously – will take time. We have to take measures that we can see the results immediately. And I wish we could find a different – I wish I could tell you that I just won the jackpot to say we don’t have to do these things. But the truth of the matter is that all of us have to start to make some kind of sacrifice. I don’t want anyone to give sacrifices, but that is what is in front of us.”