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Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2021. 6:57 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) has decided to continue strike action in the upcoming week.

The BNTU issued a survey to its respective branches over the weekend and the majority of members voted to continue the strike, which began on April 26.

While the Government of Belize (GOB) has agreed to the majority of the unions’ demands, the teachers are reportedly unhappy with the decision to proceed with the 10 percent salary cut and three-year increment freeze.

The BNTU is taking the position to strike, in spite of the warning issued by GOB last week that those who continue to strike after May 15, will have their salaries docked.

BBN also spoke with Public service Union President (PSU) Gerald Henry, who said that there are meetings scheduled for this afternoon, where the union will learn from its membership whether or not the strike will continue. Other union sources say that the last poll of public officers showed an increasing sentiment to discontinue the strike.

This is a developing story.

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