By Benjamin Flowers: Breaking Belize News (BBN) has confirmed that the Public Service Union is in the process of serving the Government of Belize (GOB) a notice of industrial action over the decision to cut salaries for teachers and public officers by 10 percent.
First Vice President of the PSU, Dean Flowers, told our newsroom that PSU President Gerald Henry is currently serving the notice and that a statement will be issued shortly after.
The PSU, which forms a part of the joint union negotiating team (JUNT) discussing cost-cutting measures with GOB, has stressed on several occasions that government has several issues that can and need to be looked at before cutting salaries, including good governance reforms and increased revenue collection.
Following the reading of the national budget last week, Prime Minister John Briceno said that the government has done everything to try and get the unions to agree to the salary cut, including lessening work hours. Briceno stressed that his administration will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure government operations continue if PSU members decide to stage industrial action.