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Aug 3, 2020

What Prompted the Signing of the C.B.A.?

Evan “Mose” Hyde

It has been a rocky journey to the signing of this first ever collective bargaining agreement for the stevedores. The relationship between the two deteriorated two weeks ago when more than thirty employees became redundant and tensions escalated at the compound.  So what did it take to get this C.B.A.?  Is it the violent confrontation at the port or did the Prime Minister’s words help to move the process along?  Here’s what C.W.U.  President Evan “Mose” Hyde had to say about that.


Evan “Mose” Hyde, President, CWU

“Over The past days, I haven’t really been saying anything because we are really trying to control that engagement because there is a lot at stake. What I would hope is that we get back around the table because obviously no doubt we feel like something has moved here, progress has been made and now we hope to achieve that for our staff at P.B.L., as well.”



“Would we have been here after the most unfortunate events two weeks ago?”


Evan “Mose” Hyde

“Their approach, I believe, is what has created this day. From the day of privatization, they have used their bodies, literally, to defend their right to be on the waterfront in dignified and in a stable living wage earning profession. So, I believe maximum respect due to the stevedores for the way they have approached standing up for self and the courage with which they have done so.”



“Words the Prime Minister uttered may have gotten the Port to the table – can you clarify?”


Evan “Mose” Hyde

“I believe that the government and the Prime Minister’s involvement would have an impact. The whole movement – we felt we were in the middle of a lot of movement up top – the middle of a storm; high waves; heavy wind and the stevedores gave us our marching papers at the union and said it is time for our C.B.A.   We are very encouraged by the respect that we were able to maintain in the room and I have to give thanks to lead negotiator Mr. Godfrey Smith who I believe brought good energy to the room. He is fresh to the room as a negotiator on their behalf. We really kept the ball rolling and stayed focused.”


Signing the C.B.A. on behalf of the Port of Belize were Arturo Vasquez and Carlos Salinas, while Raymond Rivers, James Neal, Kenton Blanco, Floyd Neal and Evan “Mose” Hyde signed on behalf of the C.W.U. and stevedores.

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