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Mar 6, 2020

P.B.L.’s C.E.O. Says There is No Dispute

Arturo “Tux” Vasquez

Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Belize Limited, Arturo ‘Tux’ Vasquez says that the Port, which is in receivership, has suffered financially and the decision by B.S.I. to use Big Creek Port will be based on the quality of service that is provided. Vasquez says that he does not see any justifiable reason as to why a twenty-one-day notice of strike action was instituted since there is no dispute.


Arturo “Tux” Vasquez, C.E.O., P.B.L.

“There are several conditions that we have signed. Briefly one is what happens if BSI moves to Big Creek which is one of the bigger issues. In that instance we have twenty one days to agree on an MOU as to how we will progress with that redundancy and also we have another sixty days after that to put a full package together. That of course will take several discussions. This is in no way committing the Port to be in responsible for any redundancies. It is just to look at what it is. In all of this of course the stevedores play a critical role as well because if you are not providing proper and good service to you customer your customer can also leave.   I am saying you could move because you are not getting the best service. My point was that it is still in the hands of the C.W.U. and us who are providing the service to B.S.I. to give them the best service. If that turns out not to be a case then that is also a reason to move. And to be honest it only affects the stevedores who work sugar. That also has to be clear. It is only the stevedores, if that is the case, will have to be compensated if that loss or that change drastically happens. So it is only the stevedores who work sugar.   We agree in principal that we are moving forward. What we did not agree at the meeting was how long will it take to do these things. As far as I am concern, that is not a dispute. That is an agreement. Am I correct? We agreed that these things should be looked at. We agreed that we should sign and say we will move ahead, addressing these situations. We leave from a meeting we believe was productive and we are moving ahead.  You only institute a twenty one days dispute if you have a dispute. So my question that day when they sent me the letter was can you send me what the dispute is. We didn’t have a dispute. We had a discussion as to how we will move forward. We agreed to it and then we were supposed to sign on it. So what is the dispute? Why is a twenty-one-day notice if there is no dispute?”

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