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Jan 24, 2022

Stevedore: Loss of Sugar Income is Creating “Chaos”

Stevedore Allison Craig says the loss of the sugar unloading due to its relocation to Big Creek is really hurting the stevedores who relied on that income for several months a year. 

 

Allison Craig

Allison Craig, Stevedore, Port of Belize Limited

“It’s a bad thing, cause like I explained to you, here in the off season the sugar starts in the end of November. Now, this is a recession time. People don’t have any money. The bankers want deh credit. The people, the merchants want their thing. Everybody wants. The government wants their taxes. You have to have money in these times here. So, in this time here, it is the sugar that takes over. Sugar takes over from here to like June, June, August, September, October, money is flowing. A hundred and fifty, three hundred people works here every day all over this place. Yes, money is flowing, because you get pay every day. Every day you could fluctuate that money and you could have some, the kids could have some, that bill, yes. So, now as the sugar is not working, chaos becomes. When I say chaos, I mean chaos.”

 

President of the Christian Workers Union, Evan “Mose” Hyde, told News Five via text that the position of the membership remains the same. According to Hyde, there have been multiple meetings with the Ministry of Public Utilities and the Belize Port Authorities, but at this time the shut down continues.


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