The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) decries the announcement by the government of Belize (GOB), which expressed the intent to provide “an honourarium” to teachers who did not take part in the October 2016 industrial action.
Apart from the Barrow administration’s blatant attempt at union-busting, the BPP highlights the gross mismanagement it represents, which is demonstrative as to why the nation is in such a dire state of affairs: socially, economically, financially and administratively.
Recently, the government presented an inadequate budget which, in keeping with the dearth of leadership, lacked in vision as well as innovation. It was essentially standard, as far as budgets are concerned, featuring an overwhelming increase in taxes, which shall inevitably burden the most vulnerable. Even more disturbing is that not far removed from the presentation and passing of said budget, the GOB had the face of brass, to announce the allocation of $1 million for the honourarium.
Unlike Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, which has resorted to name calling and personalising the matter, which inevitably stokes the fire for partisan mischief-making, the BPP recognises the systemic and institutional nature of this negligence and calls out the Barrow administration for its outrageous maladministration of the nation’s affairs and simultaneously demands the PUP adequately fulfill its constitutional role of conducting the required due diligence to proactively pursue and expose this outlandish proposal of the government.
If it is established that constitutionally mandated protocols stemming from the budget were not adhered to, the option of addressing this abomination via legal means must be considered. Based on the unsatisfactory government budget, the BPP demands clarification regarding specifically, from where government intends to source the proposed $1 million payoff?
Beyond that, if such funds are legitimately available, why has government opted to use it for that purpose, as opposed to putting it toward a less controversial and more impactful effort? After all, the dire socio-economic and financial status of the nation involving matters related to: citizen security, national security, disaster preparedness and overall human welfare, alongside a range of concerns, is indisputable.
The Belize Progressive Party demands that both sides of the PUDP non-divide desist from their disruptive engagement in an ongoing game of charades and place the necessary emphasis of meeting the ever-increasing needs of this nation, as their number one priority. With this display of a lack of conviction to doing what is best for the nation, on both sides of the aisle, it is no wonder that corruption and intentional dysfunction remain par for the course, in terms of Belize’s governance.
Therefore, the BPP calls on the unions, civil society and the remaining social partners to remain resolute on this matter and not allow the age-old tactic of “divide and conquer” to successfully rear its ugly head.
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