Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2021. 3:05 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Members of the Public Service Union (PSU) continued with their week of industrial action, taking to the streets to protest the 10 percent salary cut and three-year increment freeze being implemented by the Government of Belize.
In Belize City, the public officers took to Albert Street making several trips back and forth, carrying signs that expressed their discontent. PSU Belize City Branch Chair Gayle Garcia said that the protest is meant to send a message to the general public and the Government of Belize to emphasize that the union is standing behind its convictions and will not accept the salary cut.
PSU First Vice President Dean Flowers attended the event as well, reiterating the position of the Joint Union Negotiating Team (JUNT) on the need for good governance reforms in place of salary cuts.
“Once you reform this broken system, put things in place to make sure that we’re all paying our fair share and you yourself Mister government is holding yourself accountable as far as good governance is concerned, when all these things are in place then we can start having a discussion about salary cuts,” Flowers said. “As is, we’ve all been victims of corrupt administrations time and time again and the maladministration of these different governments is now being placed on the backs of public officers and we’re saying we’re not gonna have it.”
The PSU held similar protests countrywide.
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