By Aaron Humes: The Joint Unions Negotiating Team (JUNT) consisting of representatives of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU), Public Service Union (PSU), and Association of Public Service Senior Managers (APSSM) are scheduled to meet tomorrow, Wednesday, with their counterparts from the Government of Belize.
After a postponement earlier this month, BNTU President Senator Elena Smith said they are looking forward to hearing from the Government about where Belize stands economically and whether they can look forward to an early return of the pay lost to salary cuts last May.
Smith countered statements from Prime Minister John Briceño that the JUNT only should get to look at “relevant” information and caution against the early celebration of a return of pay this way: “This is not about what the Prime Minister thinks or what he feels. It has been very clear that when the country gets back to a position where they can afford to give back our ten percent, that it should happen. So regardless of whether he feels we deserve it now or we should get it now or not, the position is that if we are able to, then that is what we should fight for.”
That result will depend on the data the Government provides; all decisions are made by the respective memberships of the unions.