By Benjamin Flowers: Conservative estimates are that the Belize National Teachers Union and the Public Service Union has assembled more than 1,200 people for a protest in Belize City today.
The massive crowd began their journey at the Fort George Memorial Park and made their way through several streets before returning there. Despite pouring rain and an ongoing global pandemic which tends to worsen due to mass gatherings, the unions assembled a crowd akin to that of the 2016 national demonstrations and marched to protest the Government of Belize’s decision to implement a 10 percent salary cut and three-year increment freeze to teachers and public officers making more than $12,000 a year.
The BNTU said that it has secured a commitment through negotiations that ensures teachers will not have their salaries docked for the days that they strike and as such called on its members countrywide to show up and march in solidarity.
Negotiations between the unions and GOB resume next week.