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Oct 17, 2018

Tux Says Despite Progress, Port of Belize has Backup Plans in Place

Chief Executive Officer Arturo ‘Tux’ Vasquez has been at the helm of the company since the Port of Belize went into receivership in 2012. Despite the hostilities between P.B.L. and the stevedores, he says that progress has been made during this latest round of talks with the Christian Workers Union which is yet to submit a counterproposal for the hours and compensation of the dockhands. Vasquez says that should they proceed with strike action on Friday, contingencies are already in place.

 

Arturo ‘Tux’ Vasquez, CEO, Port of Belize Ltd.

Arturo Vasquez

“They haven’t presented a counterproposal yet, they are supposed to present one, they gave us a date of, I think the twenty-first of November, that they are supposed to present a detailed counterproposal.  They promised to provide a counterproposal tomorrow, a skeleton of what they intend to present more in detail in November.  So I guess I would have to wait and see what that proposal looks like first.  There was a discussion more or less around the fact that if there are some changes then there may be a bit of compensation issues that may occur; however, there was no way for me to commit to that.  I would more commit to that once I get the details, but I do believe that if there is anything there that we are able to compensate we of course would look at it and see how best can.  Of course, you know that with any change you can’t just change and everything remains the same, that is just not the situation.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Until then, however, the deadline for the twenty-one day notice to be up is still running.  Have you decided on a contingency in the even that Friday does come and you guys are still at a deadlock?”

 

Arturo Vasquez

“Well I think that with the presence of the Labour Department in this meeting, I believe that the progress that we have made I would still be a bit surprised if the strike still remains.  However, there’s always contingencies in place, but in my view we’ve progressed quite a bit today.”


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