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Jan 26, 2022

GOB Proposes Compromise for Port Impasse

In an attempt to loosen the logjam at Port of Belize Limited brought on by the striking stevedores, the Minister responsible for Logistics, Michel Chebat has reportedly been in conversation with both P.B.L. and the C.W.U. Reports are that the Government of Belize has proposed a compromise to the union and the P.M. says a response is expected soon. He was not prepared to disclose the details of the proposition however.


Prime Minister John Briceño

“What we are doing is that we have been, the minister has been engaged with the stevedores and talking to them, and trying to find an end to the impasse, and also then to try to find a long term solution to the issues the stevedores have been facing for quite some time now.”



“They are disappointed in you because they believe you would have intervened in the way you intervened with the cane farmers and BSI in the north.”


Prime Minister John Briceño

John Briceño

“Well, they never did call me to ask me if I can help. I have met with them before. I have met with them in October and also in November, and then Mr. Chebat has been dealing with them directly from last week. So, we have not stepped back. We have been working with them closely to try to find a compromise. But, a compromise means, not just your way, but both sides have to give in to find a compromise. So, the CWU also has to find a way that they can come to some kind of compromise in some of their demands. We also reached out to the President of the C.W.U. this morning, Evan “Mose” Hyde, who informed us that there was nothing to report at that time.”

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