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Oct 17, 2018

Stevedores to Receive Four Years Back Pay

Progress was reached by both parties in the matter of outstanding salary increases which have been due to stevedores since 2015. According to Hyde, the agreement is important since it is an act of goodwill on the part of the union and the port to make good on that promise. Vasquez also said that the pending remuneration is in line with the negotiating framework.

 

Evan Hyde, President, C.W.U.

Evan Hyde

“I would want to tell our members that we were able to get movement on the issue of outstanding salary increases.  This has been a big issue for our members.  You have to understand that in 2012 we signed a Memorandum of Understanding that our members would get an annual increase on their monies of fifteen cents on the hour.  They were paid for 2013 and 2014, since then there have been no increases.  What we have gotten from the port is a commitment that all those outstanding dues money will be paid to our members in two payments and they’ll be telling us when those payments will be made tomorrow afternoon.  So that is an important thing for our members and an important act of goodwill and movement of the needle for us.  We now have to look if the essence of our counterproposal will be looked at with a favorable outlook from the port, meaning, do they accept in principle that we can adjust the rates: the hourly rate, the container rate when we demonstrate what the law says to make sure that our members don’t lose any money.  When they see our description later on this evening and then hopefully have a response for us tomorrow afternoon along with other items, then we’ll be able to come here and say exactly what our position is on that twenty-one day.”

 

Arturo Vasquez

Arturo Vasquez, C.E.O., Port of Belize Ltd.

“One of the remuneration issues was that we were, there has been in the agreement that there was some remuneration to be had or to be paid.  We had paid originally 2012, 2013 and 2014 and we had paid that then because the understanding was when we did that in 2012, we had expected a CBA to be signed in 2012, so that’s the reason why three years was paid.  So you would have expected that after three years you would continue, however, we all agreed that yes, this would be paid for the life of the agreement which would mean that it would move into the CBA.  So yeah, I agreed to pay the four years and just, it was using that as a negotiating framework, as a bargain for us to at least getting a date from the stevedores or the union as to when their proposal will be coming to us because that, if there was any difficulty today it was getting a definite date as to when we should expect that detailed proposal from them.”

 

The C.W.U. and the Port of Belize return to the negotiating table on Thursday for further discussions which will hopefully lead to resolution of the issues and avert strike action.

 


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