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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2021. 8:31 am CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Mesopotamia Area Representative Shyne Barrow has come out to publicly support the members of the Joint Union Negotiating Team (JUNT) currently engaged in strike action against the Government of Belize (GOB), saying that there are many other ways GOB can implement cost-saving measures without touching the salaries of teachers and public officers.

Barrow stressed that teachers and public officers have sacrificed and put their lives on the line during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as such should receive consideration for their hard work from GOB.

“When the Honorable Prime Minister John Briceno was Leader of the opposition he stood in solidarity with the unions when they were agitating to get salary increases and to get increments increased. I believe that what we have now is a union that feels betrayed that they are now being used as the first line of cuts to balance a budget when they should be the last,” Barrow said.

He stressed that government needs to reprioritize its spending, noting that GOB has earmarked $117 million on infrastructure projects and another $50 million for streets. Barrow says he respects the need to balance the budget, but strongly believes that doing so should not come at the expense of the teachers and public officers.


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