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Jul 16, 2020

36 P.B.L. Workers to be Made Redundant?

Thirty-six workers of the Port of Belize Limited are staring down termination. Of the thirty-six employees, twenty-nine of them are members of the Christian Workers Union.  The declared redundancies may come within one week from today. While the P.B.L. has made that decision, its staff members are against it. And as we’ve reported, they have been protesting a ten percent cut of their salaries. Around mid-day today, several police officers were present on the ground of the Port, amidst growing tension among the workers as they staged a small protest during lunch hour.  President of the Christian Workers Union, Evan ‘Mose’ Hyde told the press that they are in consultation with their attorneys, but that they are not happy about the declared redundancies.

 

Evan ‘Mose’ Hyde

Evan ‘Mose’ Hyde, President, C.W.U.

“The Company has decided that, in our view, it is going to put a full frontal assault on unionized members at the port. They sent us a list of thirty six workers that they want to get rid of and twenty-nine of those thirty-six happen to be union members. And we don’t think that is a coincidence. In the middle of trying to resolve a very flawed process and an illegal process of taking ten percent out o of the workers pockets without consent and in the middle of trying to resolve that and get due process, they have decided to launch a full frontal attack on the members who are standing up. It is not a good day at the Port. It is not a good day in Belize.   They are claiming that they have lost half their revenues. We have not seen any documents to back that up. That is the point that we were making about the ten percent. So, it is a whole process when you put forward an argument of redundancy. In this event you cannot circumvent the requirement to provide documentation.    The way it works is that you have declared that this is what you intend to do. The law provides for consultation and a tribunal to decide, to essentially weigh the case. But it is really your intent has been declared and now you have to fight off that intent and it is a thing that they want to accomplish by next week Wednesday. So, the time period is really short. The stakes are really high and the temperature is very high.”


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