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Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2021. 11:44 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) said this week that it is not pleased with the position the Government of Belize has taken regarding salary cuts for teachers.

The BNTU and several other unions met with financial Secretary Joseph Waight and his GOB team on Wednesday, March 10, to discuss cost-cutting measures proposed by the government to enhance the country’s financial position.

“The Government representatives, on one hand, are saying that the proposed measures are not a done deal, however, they are also saying that the proposals are necessary to meet their target. They were not amenable to changes to the targeted amounts in their proposals. As a result, we have developed a plan of action to sound the alarm that we are not pleased with their position,” the BNTU said.

The union’s action plan includes: teachers wearing their BNTU T-shirts on the days they are to report to school; the union making national media rounds as of today March 11, 2021, including hosting live streams on Facebook to discuss their points of contention; holding simultaneous motorcades in all districts on March 16, starting at 9:30 a.m.;  conducting a poll on March 18, for members to decide on specific actions going forward; and hosting simultaneous candlelight vigils in each district on Wednesday, March 24.

The Union said that it will also host a press conference on March 26 and update its members on actions to be taken as the issue progresses.

This is a developing story.

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