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Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2021. 6:50 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) celebrated 51 years of advocating for the betterment of Belize’s educators.

The BNTU issued a statement today, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has, once again, hindered its ability to celebrate, but it still thanks its members and friends for their support over the years. The union also said that it is the most steadfast and vocal workers union in the country.

“We are therefore proud to proclaim that our work not only ensures benefits for our financial members but for all teachers as well as for the entire population of Belize,” the BNTU said.

The union’s celebration comes on the heels of an unsuccessful bid to reverse a decision by the Government of Belize to cut the salaries of teachers and public officers through industrial action and the beginning of a court battle. Attorney Darrell Bradley explained this week that the case is founded upon the assertion that denominational school managements enjoy private, contractual relationships with their teachers, and as such the Government of Belize has no power to alter their remunerations.

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