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Oct 4, 2018

CWU Prez Says Other Issues Pending with Port of Belize

Evan ‘Mose’ Hyde

According to the CWU president, there are several other issues on the table, outside of the hours of work proposal, that need to be negotiated. Hyde says that among those issues are the outstanding benefits to stevedores; six years worth of increments that has not materialized.

 

Evan ‘Mose’ Hyde, President, Christian Workers Union

“We have said both in the negotiations and in the letter written thereafter that our position has been while it’s obvious we have a diametrically opposing view on the matter of the hours of work proposal, that there are other items and matters for us to negotiate on and we have repeatedly asked for us to proceed unto those. The others on the other side have been adamant about not doing that. We have been told that they seem to have moved away from that position and might be willing to come back to negotiations. But we are still not sure if they are willing to negotiate on items that we want to negotiate on. So we have indicated to the minister that yes we will go back to the negotiating table, but we want to speak about remuneration for our members.  We want talk money; we members want to talk about money. This is all money. At the end of the day, they are worried about their bottom line; our members are worried about their pockets. And we want to talk about money if we are going to go back around that table and hopefully we can get to that.”

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