Unions want PM to resume negotiations

By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter

The unions who were recently engaged in negotiations with the government over salary adjustments say that they still have other proposals on the table that haven’t been addressed.

Marvin Blades, Public Service Union (PSU) president told The Reporter that the outstanding proposals include income tax restructuring, a matter of health insurance, a housing and lot scheme proposal, a loss increment compensation for period from 1995-1997 and increment freeze compensation from 2005-2006.

Blades said that the union membership has been mobilizing and meeting to discuss the way forward since the PM has indicated to them that negotiations are over, following the government’s approval of a salary adjustment.

Blades indicated that the other unions involved in the negotiations, namely the Belize National Teachers Union and the Association of Public Service Senior Managers, started meeting with members as early as last week and the PSU will be doing so next week.
Negotiations are at a standstill and the outcomes of those meetings will chart the way forward, Blades explained. He said the issues left on the table are very important and need to be addressed before other pending matters are resolved.

One of those pending matters is the drafting of a Whistle Blowers Legislation for the protection of whistle-blowers in matters of corruption. Blades said that they already have a commitment from government for the bill but they can’t get to that until the current negotiations are resolved.

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