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Jun 13, 2023

Port of Belize’s C.E.O on C.W.U Strike Notice: We Have No Redundancy to Pay

Last Friday, the Christian Workers Union gave Notice of Intended Strike Action on behalf of its stevedores employed by the Port of Belize Limited. C.W.U wrote to the Minister of Labour stating its reasoning that there is a live trade dispute between them and P.B.L. The two sides have different interpretations of the Essential Services Arbitration Tribunal Award that was handed down on January twenty-seventh, 2022. Among other things, the award stipulated that the Port of Belize Limited was to pay their share of contributions to the retirement savings for twenty-eight stevedores from July thirteenth 2021 being the date when the dispute was brought to the attention of the Minister. The two parties were to also promptly negotiate for payment under the Redundancy Package as agreed between them on March sixth, 2020. But P.B.L has claimed from the onset that the C.W.U.’s notice to strike is based on its entirely misconceived interpretation of the tribunal’s ruling in which it wrongfully asserts awarding the stevedores redundancy payments for the move of bulk sugar to the Port of Big Creek. P.B.L. maintains that tribunal did not issue such an award and that no stevedore was made redundant as a result of this. And today, P.B.L’s Chief Executive Officer, Ted Peralta reiterated that position.

 

Ted Peralta

Ted Peralta, C.E.O., Port of Belize Ltd.

“We have gone through the process of trying to analyze and understand if C.W.U’s position and expectations, but it still remains the fact that we have nothing to pay out as in regards to redundancy. Now it is something that we, as well as an entity has looked at, and it goes again without saying that, not just this year, but last year we had the same impending strike and the year before was an impending strike before that, and the years continue going back, as you look at history and at the tactics the CWU uses, it continues to be in the same thing, right? And it comes down to us being, the country itself being held ransom for payments for things that have to be made for things. I mean that the CW them believes is expected of us as a private entity to just pay out, right? We are basically a cash cow that the C.W.U is trying to use to maximize their members’ expectations, and we, at the end of the day, we have to hold strong with our position that at the end of the day, nobody was made redundant regardless of what is the C.W.U’s position is at this point in time.”


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