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Thursday, 12 April 2012 00:00

 Marching towards the D-Victoria Hotel - Demanding decent working and learning conditions for all.”

- Priority will be given to proposed salary increase for teachers

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Teachers nationwide from the 10 branches attended the 42nd annual convention in Orange Walk Town at the D – Victoria Hotel under this year’s team, “BNTU – Demanding decent working and learning conditions for all.”

 The two-day convention began with an opening ceremony at around 9:00 this morning, first with a teachers’ march from the Banquitas House of Culture down to the Main Street and then to the Belize-Corozal Road, where the hotel is located.

As it is customary, the welcome address was delivered by the town’s newly elected mayor, Kevin Bernard and the presentational address by the newly elected president, Luke Palacio.

Last year, the 41st annual convention had been hosted by the BNTU Stann Creek Branch at the Fr. Marin Parish in Dangriga Town in which former BNTU president, Jaime Panti, had announced his departure as the Union’s national president.

The highlights of last year’s convention were the elections of national officers for the next two years (2011-2013).

There will be no elections this year, but there are yet a number of proposals to GOB not discussed among a list of 23 proposed items.

 According to Palacio, at a last meeting held on March 19, 2012 three joint unions, the BNTU, the PSU and the APSSM had agreed that priority will be given to proposal 1, which is a salary adjustment/increase - a raise of pay for teachers.

In concluding, Palacio expressed that that past year in review had its challenges due to setbacks and delays in cases, but that much progress was done overall in addressing issues related to discipline, employment and salary issues.

The annual convention will resume on April 12, 2012 for the continuation of  business session, national and branch reports and a presentation and adoption of resolutions.