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Mar 2, 2020

What are consequences for protesters?

So, as you heard just now, the C.W.U. president Evan “Mose” Hyde says that the stevedores are prepared to go the distance to what he calls, a fight for their survival. This morning, the stevedores were joined by other members of staff for the first time. While they waited outside the gates, other stevedores were inside but no work was done. When asked how the Port proceeds with the issue of stevedores not working, here’s how C.E.O. Arturo responded.



“How do you foresee that this is going to play out?”


Arturo Vasquez, CEO, Port of Belize

“I don’t know actually. The fact that the stevedores are not off loading the ships right now that is an illegal strike so we are about to address that with the Port Commissioner and the Labour Commissioner right now. The situation is that the stevedores should give twenty-one days notice before they strike and since nine this morning no containers have move. So, as far as we are concerned this is an illegal strike.”



“What happens in such cases?”


Arturo Vasquez

Arturo Vasquez

“I don’t know. We have to perhaps contact the agents and see if they want to dismiss the work or not. We don’t know but that is developing as we speak right now.”

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