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Teachers’ Union stands with Christian Workers’ Union in strike call; will Congress do so too?

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Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2020. 10:43 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: This week the Christian Workers’ Union (CWU) has been on the picket line on the waterfront as its unending struggle with the management of the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) continues.

The CWU has announced a notice of a planned strike in 21 days if it cannot get PBL management to produce the financial records necessary to support a planned cut of staff salaries by ten percent due to the drop in income resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the demonstration has been ineffective and management is not budging.

But the influential Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU) says it plans to lend its support pending internal meetings to confirm that decision.

President Elena Smith says she is in constant contact with her CWU counterpart Evan Mose Hyde but it must be a collective decision of the umbrella National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB), which meets in the coming days, to throw its considerable weight behind the CWU.

 

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