PSU President says GOB must get its act together or else
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- February 7, 2023
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Get it together, GOB! That’s the essence of the sentiments expressed by the leaders of the Public Service and Belize National Teachers’ Unions today. They’ve outlined several concerns, which they argue have been deliberately left unresolved by the Briceño administration. Everything from frozen increments, to pensions, and even good governance, the BNTU and the PSU say that Government’s performance is at best slipshod. If those issues remain unaddressed, PSU President Dean Flowers says yellow shirts will be out in droves.
Dean Flowers, President, Public Service Union: ” I’ve had the pleasure of visiting public officers across this country. It was a comprehensive tour and I think that it was the successful tour to reason with them on these issues. So much so that I am forced to go back to Dangriga next week and Central Farm on Friday because we want to ensure that we reach each and every public officer across this country and the resonating question coming out of those consultations is “President when? When?” I think that we’ve learned from 2021 we are in a worse financial position as public officers and as a country even though a lot of numbers that mean little to our quality of life is being thrown around by the Prime Minister and his team and as sister Elena said we are guided by our members and we have not set a single word as it relates to industrial actions but our public officers are asking us when will we make that stance and this is the first step that we are taking today and thereafter we will move to step number two, step number three, and hopefully not step number four because then you know? Well step number three might be that the government calls us of the table we are still waiting to be called to the stable and so I think that the sooner we get to the table we might resolve this matter or these issues and we could look forward to a fruitful 2023. The Prime Minister insulted public officers by stating that we were the only ones who had not made a sacrifice when in fact we were the only one that had made a sacrifice at that point in time. To date he and his entire cabinet has made absolutely no sacrifice. He and his CEOs have made none. So he disrespected us in 2021 and I said it then and I’ll say it now This Prime Minister, this administration seems to have an axe to grind with workers. My best explanation is they came in with a vendetta, they came in with a vendetta against public sector workers and laborers across this country.”