Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020. 2:28 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The members of the Christian Workers Union (CWU), were joined by representatives from the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), Public Service Union (PSU), and Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) as they gathered today in front of the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) for a Black Friday Rally.
Attendees wore black shirts as a sign of solidarity at the event, which featured speeches from the union presidents and a highlight of the history of unionism in Belize and the role it has played in shaping the country. While the rally was held outside of the PBL, members of the various unions all over the country are also wearing black today as a sign of unity.
CWU President Evan “Mose” Hyde, explained that the location for the rally was chosen to highlight the current struggle of the CWU as it advocates for the stevedores that work at the PBL. Hyde explained that currently, the CWU and the PBL are scheduled to meet next week to finalize the rules of engagement under the memorandum of understanding they signed last week so that negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement can continue.
“Everything has to be sequential, the first step is to craft the scope of the negotiations. We have to get the ground rules. We have to get the scope, what we want, what documents need to be provided…” Hyde said. “I would want to believe that the other side wants it too, but I know for sure we-we the ones who are facing the uncertainty, the ones who are facing the tremendous challenges financially, obviously we need this to be done as fast as possible.”
Hyde stressed that the need for expediency will not be pursued to the point that it compromises the value of the remedies sought by the union.
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