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Public Service Union writes Minister of Public Service over allegations of union busting

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Posted: Monday, May 3, 2021. 9:40 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The Public Service Union (PSU) has written to the Minister of Public Service, Constitutional and Political Reform,  Henry Charles Usher, to note that it has received reports of union-busting efforts by government representatives in various Ministries and Departments and demanded that those actions, if true, be stopped.

The PSU said that its members are reporting intimidation tactics including threats of being fired if public officers decide to participate in the upcoming strike planned for May 4. The union reminded the Minister that public officers have a right to join a trade union and to strike under the Laws of Belize and are, by those laws, protected from prejudicial actions including discipline or dismissal due to membership, anticipated membership or participation in the actions of a trade union.

“The Government of Belize is hereby forewarned that the PSU will pursue action against the government for any conduct by any of its officers, employees, agents, or representatives, contrary to the laws protecting employees,” the PSU said.

The union called on the Minister to take steps to prevent such actions as being reported by its members and said that it is committed to engaging in meaningful negotiations with the government to settle the dispute, which it says is rooted in good governance as well as with respect to the 10 percent salary cut and three-year increment freeze.

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