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Teachers officially on strike!

Posted: Monday, April 26, 2021. 4:54 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Teachers belonging to the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) walked out of their classrooms and through the streets today, to protest the ongoing labor dispute with the Government of Belize (GOB).

BNTU President, Senator Elena Smith, explained that the teachers showed up for work as usual then left their schools at 1:30 p.m., many of them gathering for a rally in their respective districts.

“This signifies the beginning of a start to however long it will take us for us to get what we want,” Smith said.

Smith said that what the union wants is that government return to negotiations regarding cost-saving measures and remove the 10 percent salary cut and three-year increment freeze.

“We are also calling on the Prime Minister to take that six months or eight months that they are saying it will take them to implement these good governance issues,” Smith added.

Smith and her teachers stressed that they are prepared to keep schools closed for as long as needed until government reverses its position on the salary cuts.


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