Government today sent out a press release announcing that the 8% increase for teachers and public officers will come though as promised in July. It’s retroactive to April and is going to cost the public purse 38 million dollars, every year, and is in addition to the 6% increase from last year – which cost about 29 million dollars.
In addition to this increase, public officers and teachers also qualify for their 2% annual increment.
And that’s not the end of it, the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in February of 2014 between the Government of Belize and the unions calls for a salary increase every year for three years commencing in 2014.
Government Press Office – June 16, 2015 – The Ministry of Finance is pleased to announce that public officers and teachers will receive an eight percent (8%) salary increase, totalling approximately $38 million, effective July of 2015 retroactive to April 1st, 2015. This increase in salary is separate and apart from the 2% annual increment which is given to public officers and teachers on the basis of merit.
The salary increase stems from the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in February of 2014 between the Government of Belize and the unions representing public officers and teachers (PSU, BNTU, APSSMBZ). The Collective Bargaining Agreement established a framework, a part of which is a salary increase every year for three years commencing in 2014. Last year public officers and teachers received a six percent (6%) salary increase. The Government of Belize appreciates all public officers and teachers and the level of service they provide to the general public.