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Sep 11, 2018

CWU Accuses CitCo of Union Busting

Last week, Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner told the media that the dispute between the council and the cemetery staff who are a part of the Christian Workers’ Union was resolved. But this afternoon, President of the CWU Evan Mose Hyde accused the council of union busting.  The dispute originated after the staff complained that the Council refused to pay them subsistence for works done outside the city limits and in this case at Eternal Gardens Memorial Cemetery. After the brief standoff, an impromptu meeting between council members and the affected staff was held.  The CWU is not happy that during the meeting, the General Secretary was not allowed to be present.  Mayor Wagner explained that there is a protocol that needs to be followed and the CWU needed to request permission.  A second meeting was held this morning, one which the CWU requested to be a part of. However, the council’s rejection of the CWU’s request was communicated to the union a few minutes before the meeting began.  Hyde equates the council’s actions to union busting.

 

Evan “Mose” Hyde

Evan “Mose” Hyde, President, Christian Workers’ Union

“Our members have some industrial concerns. Some concerns about the labor site. They have some serious concerns and we believe, in fact, we are absolutely convinced that the way forward should involve the coming together of the city council along with our members and the union that represents them. On that occasion our General Secretary was denied entrance to that meeting. We publicly disagreed with that but since we knew there will be a meeting this week to follow up to some of the concerns raised by our members we immediately wrote the city council asking, since they pointed out that we needed authorization to be in that meeting. We wrote them requesting that authorization to be in that meeting which was held this morning. We got no reply until nine minutes to seven o’clock this morning. At six fifty one a.m. city council emailed us back to say that the request had essentially been denied and turned down. For us, it is really speaks to the negative energy that exist. That our request was responded to just a little over an hour before the meeting was scheduled to take place. That’s incredible, discourteous and in our view is disrespectful but to be denied for us is the ultimate.”

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