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Mar 4, 2020

CWU Meets with Ministry of Labor and Port C.E.O.

Evan Mose Hyde

The meeting between the Christian Workers Union, official representatives for the Port of Belize and the Labour Minister and Labour Commissioner met for more than five hours. C.W.U. President Evan Mose Hyde and Port C.E.O. Arturo Vasquez sat around the table with Labour Minister of State Doctor Carla Barnett and Labour Commissioner Ann Marie Thompson to iron out issues that have been brought up by stevedores. Coming out of the meeting, Hyde would not say much, stating that the union members must be consulted first before the next step is taken. But for now, the stevedores’ presence at the port’s entrance remains.

 

Evan Mose Hyde, President, C.W.U.

“All I will say is that there have been certain movements when it comes to workers under the shed, or as we call them the shed workers, staff workers of PBL which is a separate bargaining unit. So they have managed to secure certain movements on the issue of the CBA and other issues so they left the meeting early and they have gone with those members. Now we will go with the stevedores and tell them what it is we have discussed and what PBL has put to us and they will get to decide what their response is going to be. This comes down to what our members feel is best for them. They are the ones who are out here. They are the ones who know what they are feeling and so we go back and report to them because we work on their behalf.”


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