By Aaron Humes: As one of the three largest trade unions by membership in Belize, the Christian Worker’s Union (CWU), according to President Evan “Mose” Hyde has received its share of requests for salary and benefit reductions from its bargaining units related to COVID-19.
The Union has insisted on respecting the clause in its collective bargaining agreements for the employer to provide its financial records to the Union’s chosen auditor, and to date none have refused – except for the Port of Belize Limited.
The auditor recently reassured the Ports Commissioner during an agreement with the Belize Port Authority that its records would not be disclosed publicly and praised them for their prompt response.
Contrast that with the Port, Hyde says, who have steadfastly refused to be forthcoming and have now gone ahead and implemented a 10 percent salary cut over the staff’s wishes.
The Union has more than 600 members in a variety of offices and industries countrywide.