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Mar 6, 2020

Strike Action by Port’s Staff Called Off

Wayne Lambey

The staff of the Port of Belize Limited also had issues with P.B.L.’s management and joined the stevedores.  For the staff, the most serious issue is the lack of progress towards concluding a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the existing agreement which has been in place for over seventeen years. Staff representative Wayne Lambey says that they will continue to stand with the stevedores.

 

Wayne Lambey, Staff Representative, P.B.L.

“What happened this was a work abuse, we believe. We have a Collective Bargaining Agreement which is sixteen years old. The port management kept insisting that they were following all regulations on that agreement. However we had some concerns with those like people lasting contacts for more than five years and were still considered causal workers. We also have problem where he union agreement says that we should get twenty days holiday and on the contract Port gives ten days. That are the concerns we had.”

 

Reporter

“At the meantime work proceeds at the shed?”

 

Wayne Lambey

“Noting moves until we have that signed document. Yesterday we were alluded that there were going to be a signed document. We were patiently waiting for that signed document. It was not signed yesterday. As a responsible union went on the only leave and decided to go and work, waiting that that would have been signed. When we heard that it was not signed then we reverted to the strike action that we are today.”


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