Posted: Monday, April 19, 2021. 11:05 am CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) continues protests this week against the Government of Belize (GOB) salary cuts leading up to a planned strike next week Monday.
The BNTU protest continued this morning as its members blocked the country’s highways. Teachers, dressed in the BNTU green t-shirts, drove behind one another and at 7:45 they stopped, blocking the highways for 15 minutes. When they stopped the teachers got out of their cars and popped their hoods and did not move until police showed up and got them moving. By then, the 15 minutes they intended to block the highways had transpired.
BNTU started out its protest activities last Friday morning picketing in front of businesses they claim owe taxes to the government.
BNTU plans to continue its activities against GOB on Tuesday, April 20, by union leaders appearing on television and radio talk shows to defend their cause. They also plan other activities that include a symbolic ribbon-cutting, boycotting gas stations, and embarking on an education campaign.
On Wednesday, April 21, they intend to boycott SMART and BTL while continuing their education campaign.
Then, on Thursday, April 22, BNTU will have a highway demonstration. A BNTU release said teachers will mobilize to the country’s highways standing six feet apart holding up “No more corruption” placards.
The big move comes up on Monday, April 26, when BNTU intends to begin strike action. The BNTU release said: “Teachers will walk out of their classes to begin the strike.”
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