By Alexis R. Milan
The three unions, which include teachers and public officers, who have been in negotiations with the government for a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), have called on the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) Board of Governors to raise the employees’ salaries.
The joint unions, the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), the Public Service Union (PSU) and the Association of Public Service Senior Managers (APSSM), sent out a release on Thursday evening calling for the KHMH and other statutory bodies to duplicate the same process used in their negotiations with GOB to determine salary adjustments for their workers.
The unions said they empathize with their fellow workers at the KHMH as it relates to their position that they also deserve the eight percent salary adjustment granted for public officers.
The joint unions also pointed out that it was GOB that chose to legislate the KHMH as a statutory body in 2000 and designated it as the country’s referral hospital on the basis of efficiency, cost savings, independence from GOB and modernization. The unions said they had proposed a revision of the statutory bodies proposal but GOB had rejected it.
According to the unions, the KHMH should get a raise based on a similar formula and are willing to assist in the process of achieving that outcome.