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Jul 8, 2020

Christian Workers Union Submits Notice of Strike Action Against P.B.L.

Evan ‘Mose’ Hyde

The Christian Workers Union on Wednesday submitted a notice of strike action against the Port of Belize Limited.  The staff of the P.B.L. has been protesting against a ten percent salary cut instituted by the management of the Port. The union initiated a go slow on Wednesday and has plans to go on a full-on strike against P.B.L.’s management.  P.B.L. is instituting cost-saving measures and as such has decided to cut salaries but the union is demanding that the Port’s management justify its decision. And show financial records.  Leading the charge is C.W.U. President Evan Mose Hyde.

 

Evan ‘Mose’ Hyde, President, C.W.U.

“The staff are not essential service except for the security personal so we had to declare the twenty one day notice for the security personal.”

 

Reporter

“Where do the stevedores stand on this?”

 

Evan ‘Mose’ Hyde

“As you notice we have a good number of stevedores out there today in double digits. Obviously as a family they understand what the family is going through because they are very familiar with the attitude of the management. So there is a lot of solidarity across the units. The go slow has been initiated and so far PBL remains steadfast in trying to ignore us and trying to hope that this is going to go away.  When you are looking a ten percent of their salaries it is significant loss because these are people who are walking a very thin line of balance and that is why we are committed. Some might say well ten percent is, why don’t they accept it at least they are still employed. When your financial stability is going to be taken away you want to know that it has been done justifiably and you want to know that the entity that you are working for has the respect to be transparent when it is you ask for that. Ten percent is also a very principle stand because you feel disrespected.”


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