The Belize National Teacher’s Union this morning released its President’s address, where it highlighted the asked for salary adjustment for teachers and public officers, affirming “Teechaz gat yuh bak!” It is a part of a Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated by the BNTU alongside the Public Service Union and the Association of Public Service Senior Managers. “This process” says BTNU president Luke Palacio,“has seen an evolution that has resulted in the unions taking a number of stands in an effort to get the long overdue salary adjustment we deserve.” The President’s address continues
“We wish for this nation to understand that this salary adjustment; is one that we have already worked tirelessly for. It is also one which would close the economic gap; created by the contraction of our spending power, brought on as a consequence of inflation and the high cost of living. Our salary adjustment, once obtained, would benefit all. When the workers of Belize have increased spending power, the nation enjoys an economic boost. The BNTU therefore demands an opportunity to inject this boost into our economy.”
The BNTU says that educators across the country touch the lives of everyone and impact every career and as such “We must be respected and paid our fair share from our nation’s coffers.” This is a time, says the BTNU, that the nation is at a crossroads of change.