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‘No victory’ over trade unions, P.M. says as Government squares up for a lawsuit

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Posted: Friday, June 25, 2021. 10:01 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: With the departure of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) from the battlefield, the still-ongoing general strike against the Government by the Public Service Union and Association of Public Service Senior Managers (APSSM) has dropped off the front page of the news.

But that doesn’t mean it is over – in fact, it has been removed to a new playing field, the courts.

This week, Prime Minister John Briceno said Government would not declare ‘victory for anybody’ including itself.

Rather, he said, he feels they have been “given an opportunity” by the unions to follow through on their efforts to turn the economy around. 

“Yes, they pushed and they tried as best as they can to represent their constituents which is the membership of the unions and we understand that and I respect that. But I do appreciate at the end of the day they decided to say well let’s give it a chance. As I tell everybody all of us are in this thing together, we either swim together or we sink together and I am looking and doing everything possible that we can swim together towards the shore where we can have better opportunities for everyone,” the P.M. said.

But the Government will defend the coming lawsuit, he continued: “We are taking a look at all of that. I believe we got good legal advice as to how we’re going to go about doing that and so it’s their right if they want to go to the courts and if they do then we will go and also represent our part and defend the position that we took.”

 

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