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Jun 20, 2017

Union negotiator reports threats as stevedores meet with NTUCB

Last week a group of stevedores called on President of the C.W.U., Dale Trujeque, to halt the negotiations for the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Port of Belize Limited. Thirty-three stevedores signed a letter asking Trujeque to step away from the negotiating table because there was a lack of communication and they wanted the terms to be revisited. The stevedore leading the call for this stop to the negotiations is Cyril Fuller and he says that he is now receiving threats which he considers intimidation tactics from certain factions of the C.W.U. According to Fuller, a member who sits at the negotiating table sent him a text message threatening harm, saying that the Fuller is the one preventing the CBA from going through with his call for the ban. For the purpose of the news, we have blacked out the expletives from the text that allegedly came from a C.W.U. member. Since the text, Fuller has sent another letter to the C.W.U. President demanding that stevedores who are inciting intimidation tactics refrain from doing so. The letter states, “those stevedores that are in your alliance respect the constitutional rights of the other stevedores to freedom of association, express, and rights for equal representation as a member of the Bargaining Unit.” The letter also calls out the leader that “you will be held accountable for any harm done to any of us who are exercising our rights for equal and fair representation. “Fuller says that he will be forwarding the threats to the Police. News Five understands that Fuller has met with another union body to discuss why some of the stevedores have called for the negotiations to be stopped. We will keep following the story.


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