Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2022. 8:10 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The Joint Union Negotiating Team (JUNT) is awaiting details from the Government of Belize (GOB) on how teachers and public officers will be getting back the 10 percent of their salaries that was cut last year as a part of the government’s economic recovery plan.
“The GOB has committed to restore the 10% gradually within the new Fiscal Year 2022/2023. The Cabinet will finalize its position on the matter during its working retreat on February 24 and 25 2022,” the Public Service Union said in a recent update to its membership.
The PSU explained that when it, along with the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) and the Association of Public Service Senior Managers (APSSM) met with GOB, they also brought up the issue of the restoration of increments and the pay scale point of said increments, where Public Officers can expect to be placed once increments are unfrozen.
The JUNT was informed that there would be no retro-payment for the frozen increments and that pension benefits of directly affected retiring public officers and teachers shall be computed on the basis of emoluments that would have been applicable if the increment freeze had not been implemented.
GOB concluded its Cabinet retreat this weekend, which was held at Dream Valley Resort in Teakettle where the 10 percent among other matters was discussed. Government is expected to set a new meeting date with the unions in the coming weeks to brief them on the details worked out on the retreat.
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