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Mar 5, 2020

CWU Meets; Commitments Made

All this week we’ve been reporting on the stevedores’ industrial action. On Wednesday night, it appeared that some progress was made.  That’s because the C.W.U. met with the Port of Belize management, as well as Minister of Labour and the Labour Commissioner. Today, the C.W.U. briefed the press on the matters after consulting with the stevedores. One of the major decisions was the stevedores moving from their protest to declare the twenty-one day’s notice of intent to strike. In return, according to the C.W.U., they we were supposed to receive a signed, written commitment from P.B.L.  Here’s more from C.W.U. President Mose Hyde.


Evan Mose Hyde

Evan Mose Hyde, President, CWU

“A take home out of that, that we brought and presented to the stevedores yesterday evening was that the stevedores would move from being on protest and instead they would utilize the provision of the twenty-one days notice to strike under the essential services act that they put on the stevedores in 2015. The Port of Belize would then utilize that twenty-one days with us to negotiate out, at the very least, by the end of that twenty-one days have a signed memorandum of understanding to deal with the matter of any possible redundancy. So, we would have a MOU for a redundancy compensation package which would be up to twenty-one days. And then at sixty days we would have a fully fleshed out agreement that would be in place to protect our members if ever ASR would move its shipping down to Big Creek. So, the twenty-one days would give us an opportunity to create that security blanket, in the event that we didn’t get PBL acting in good faith; if we felt that after twenty-one days that listen you guys have not been available, you guys were not genuine; you guys weren’t willing to compromise and had no effort at all – then the stevedores would then go on a strike whose legality you cannot question it.”

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