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Government makes requested clarifications to Joint Unions

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Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2021. 3:32 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Government negotiating team, which includes Minister of Education, Francis Fonseca has responded to the formal request for clarification by the Joint Unions on its letter of undertakings issued last week.

Fonseca clarifies that the 5-hour cut to the work week is back in place as is the forbearance on personal and residential loans.

The performance bonus is tied both to the fiscal primary deficit and surplus over three years and is the direct proposition for compensation.

Fonseca maintains that the alternative is not somewhere Belize wants to go and that everyone is needed to help get the ship moving.

He also clarified that docking of salaries is in the purview of the Government for public officers and the Ministry in the case of Government-run schools, through its appointed manager, and likewise for denominational schools.

A decision on the return to pay scales for union-affiliated workers is best left to the soon-to-be formed Social Partnership Committee, said Fonseca, and depends on the recovery of the economy, but is not a proper commitment for Government to make now without knowing the true state of the economy.

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