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Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2022. 6:13 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Prime Minister John Briceno confirmed today that the Government of Belize held a meeting today with the Joint Unions Negotiating Team (JUNT), to discuss the possibility of recovering the 10 percent of their salary that was cut last year.

Briceno said that, in a recent meeting with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Fund praised Belize for the great strides being made in economic recovery. Briceno said he stressed to the IMF that while economic recovery is good, the government has a social responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of the people.

“We know that people are suffering, we know that people are punishing, we know that the cost of living is going up and it would be unconscionable if we were to say oh we’re not going to [give back the 10 percent] because of the IMF,” Briceno said.

He went on to say that government does not know the details of how it will return the 10 percent, which is why Deputy Prime Minister Cordel Hyde and Minister of Education, Youth Culture, Science and Technology, Francis Fonseca are meeting with the Public Service Union, Belize National Teachers Union, Association of Public Sector Senior Managers and National Trade Union Congress of Belize, to figure out a “compromise that everyone can live with.”


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