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Jan 25, 2022

C.W.U. Says Stevedores Just Want to Earn a Living

In response to a question on the plight of the import/export industry, and the challenges being faced by local companies that are heavily reliant on port activities, President Hyde had to this to say. 


Evan ‘Mose” Hyde

Evan ‘Mose” Hyde, President, C.W.U.

“We are not saying that these are ideal situations. What we are saying is that it is not out of any intent of injury or malice on our part. We are standing in a situation where we have to stand, we are compelled to stand. To not stand is to completely surrender what we consider to be justice for them. We are here to face anybody right now and answer them as best as we can, so that you listening know that we dah nuh hurry come up fih come shut down no port. We nuh run down conflict. Our members run down money. Our members run down the hustle, they run down work, they run down container ship. Man the out deh the dog sih if man nuh show up, so that deh could get a chance. That dah weh deh into. Deh nuh into shut down. Deh nuh into have to face BDF the move containers. Deh nuh into man the tell deh right now, bway all unu ship gwen dah Big Creek, just imagine that. You best believe that all we members have been told that. So, the stance deh the tek right now, just imagine what it takes for them to take that. Imagine they have to go to deh wife, deh lady, and tell deh right now, I know yo just want we work and bring home the money, but understand a bigger picture the go on. So, when we come yah today, we come fih talk to unu, we come appeal to unu. We come to deal with people weh wah be fair minded. This dah no set a bad man, or evil man. Deh yah dah set ah hard working people. And, the reality weh deh face, just fih secure righteous and just remunerations, because they have lost so much. 2021 dah mih wah devastating year fih two years deh worry about lose sugar. Deh hear the rumors for two years. We clash eena 2020. 2020 we clash. Stevedores shut down, pan just the rumors, fight fih get an agreement fih say, if this happen we wah talk money. And, when ih happen and we get round fih talk money, man seh no we wah talk gang.”

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