CWU President Says PBL Didn’t Follow Essential Services Arbitration Tribunal Ruling – Love FM

Another question about the CWU burners has to do with compliance with the court ruling. Last January, the Essential Services Arbitration Tribunal issued its decision on the dispute between the CWU and PBL. In that decision, the court had ordered PBL to confirm that the main stevedores were registered stevedores; promote the twenty-eight secondary surrogates to primary surrogates and invite them to participate in the Port of Belize Limited insurance scheme and pay their share of retirement savings contributions. The court had said that the PBL must act on its decision within fourteen days. But, according to CWU Chairman Evan “Mose” Hyde, port management has yet to promote any of its members. Hyde says the CWU or the court appears to have the power to force the port to follow the ruling, leaving the union feeling like it’s trapped in the “mouth of the tigah.”

Evan “Mose” Hyde, CWU President: “So it’s been almost a month since the court ruling and there’s still no compliance with it. There has been no correspondence or to indicate how they intend to handle it. Zero. The court ruling on January 27. There was a start, the last time I met you I said we were encouraged that some things were being done that looked like they should at least be in proportion, but to date they haven’t been implemented the proportions. As a union, we “deh eena taiga mowt”. As a member, “we deh eena taiga mowt”. Belize is where we are. Essentially and while we are in the tiger’s mouth, we still have to negotiate with the tiger over a separate interest in addition to the fact that he has his jaw around our neck.

Michelle J. Kelley