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Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2021. 10:04 am CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize National Teachers Union’s (BNTU) legal challenge to the 10 percent salary cut implemented by the Government of Belize is set to be called up in the Supreme Court next week.

In an update issued at the branch levels yesterday by their respective district presidents, the BNTU notified teachers that the case is set to be heard virtually on Friday, July 16.

The BNTU initially rejected the salary cut and fought against it with five weeks of sustained strike action, which ultimately did not keep the Government of Belize from implementing it.

The teachers then shifted their position to seeking adequate compensation for the sacrifice they would be made to endure under the salary cut, before finally taking the matter to court.

The union’s update also presented teachers with three options for reduced working hours being proposed by GOB, which forms a part of the compensation for the reduced salary.

The options all amount to five hours off the work week and include: 1. A reduction in each workday (Monday-Friday) by 1 hour for each level each week. 2. Utilizing a four-day workweek and a blended learning approach to instruction; and 3. Utilizing a four and one-half-day workweek (half-day off on Fridays) with half-hour earlier dismissal on each of the other days (Monday-Thursday).

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