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Oct 18, 2018

Will Stevedores Reduce Gang Sizes Once Again?

The Christian Workers Union and the Port of Belize have made some progress in respect of their negotiations towards a Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Reducing the number of stevedores by one person per gang, however, is another contentious matter that is bubbling below the surface.  It is an issue that the union, as well as its membership, remains steadfast on, despite advancing on other areas.  While the reduction is to be implemented by 2020, it is about to take center stage in the negotiations.


Evan ‘Mose’ Hyde, President, C.W.U.

Evan Hyde

“We don’t view that as something that is pending.  That’s a matter where our stevedores have already sacrificed a man.  Apparently, they are of the opinion that we are to look at reducing our gangs even further and we have told them that if there is anything that is made of titanium, it is that position.  That even though we are here to negotiate, when it comes to the gang size we will not move and so we have informed them that we will write a letter to the minister to indicate that we have another problem.  We are not declaring an impasse on it, but we are saying based on their response that they are firm on their position and we have told them that our position is made of titanium, then we want the minister to get that on her radar, to know that we have another serious problem between us right now.”


Arturo Vasquez

Arturo ‘Tux’ Vasquez, C.E.O., Port of Belize Ltd.

“This is something that would be implemented in 2020, but the point I make again is that right now we are at 2018 so it seems close, but we actually did that in June of 2017.  So we were actually looking at almost three years to look at this thing.  So I think that because it’s a part of the original give and take negotiation I think that they should remain on the table.”

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