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Aug 3, 2020

Did C.W.U. Breach Duty of Fair Representation for 2 Stevedores?

The collective bargaining agreement was signed on Sunday afternoon.  By this morning, there was a request for an urgent meeting for stevedores to file a grievance to the Labour Department.  A letter, signed by Arlette Hutchinson, is seeking the meeting for a breach of “Duty for Fair Representation’’ against the C.W.U.  Hutchinson writes that two stevedores are challenging the manner in which their retirement benefits are being managed by the union. Hutchinson says that the C.B.A. reached between the C.W.U. and the Port of Belize was not shared with the two men in respect of their benefits.  There is an ongoing case before the courts in which the employers have deduced monies from the two and passed it on to the unions. The union, she says, has not conducted an audit nor is it complaint to the Pension Act, so the stevedores want to file their case with the tribunal.

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