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Jul 20, 2020

N.T.U.C.B. Shows Supports for C.W.U. Against P.B.L.

Marvin Mora

The National Trade Union Congress of Belize on Saturday met to discuss several issues including the Christian Workers Union’s battle against the Port of Belize Limited.  Last week, the Port of Belize announced that thirty-six workers would be terminated due to redundancy. The staff has been fighting a ten percent pay cut that the Port says is necessary due to the financial constraints created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, N.T.U.C.B. President Marvin Mora joined the protest where he told the staff that they enjoy the full support of the umbrella union. 

 

Marvin Mora, President, N.T.U.C.B.

“The N.T.U.C.B. decided that they will support fully this effort on behalf of the C.W.U. to protect the rights of the workers and to ensure that justice is served. One of the key aspects that is missing is the continuous dialogue. Once that is broken and it reaches to this level then obviously there is no turning back unless the company decides to take a step back. The union reserves the right not to take a step back because the company is not the one that aggrieved. It is the employees. You are not sending anybody from top management. You are not closing any area of productions. You are sending workers home. You are cutting their livelihoods. That is the main reason why the brothers not only have the right but they are more than right in coming out here and try to express their position and solidarity to each other. I don’t expect anything from people who are intransigent. I don’t expect anything. But I do expect from people who have common sense, a little bit of understanding, intelligence and education to be able to be forthcoming. Come to the negotiation table, continue the dialogue in earnest and provide the union with the necessary information.”


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