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May 7, 2021

C.W.U. President Focuses on Fairness for All

Evan “Mose” Hyde

The Christian Workers Union is all too familiar with industrial action in the face of a ten percent salary cut.  Viewers will recall that back in 2020, C.W.U. members at the Port of Belize Limited took industrial action in the face of a proposed ten percent cut for full time staff.  Like the Government of Belize now, P.B.L. was facing austere times, having lost twenty-five percent of its revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  When we caught up with the C.W.U. president today, he said there must be buy in from those affected, and any cuts must be fair, especially for those who make the least.

 

Evan “Mose” Hyde, President, C.W.U.

“Salary cuts is a major part of our profession. And you very well know that coming to our people for salary cuts, it had to be approached from a stand point that we were not putting this on you, that what we had to do was to earn your buy in. And so ultimately that had to have believability and obviously what it had to be was that it had to be based on fairness. And I cannot speak for any other entity, but we know that those who make the most in our establishment are the ones who have been more adversely affected by the cuts and those who make the least are the one who have been minimally affected by the cuts. You must be based on principles of what is fair and what is just. Is it easy? No. But is it absolutely important? One hundred percent.  This is a time of crisis, a time of recognizing, and it is a time for giants. So, nobody forced anybody to be a leader of a union or a rep, and nobody forced anybody to become Prime Minister. We must deal with it, but we are obligated to do the things we must do in these times of crisis fairly and with a great pre-occupation with what is just.”


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