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Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2020. 4:35 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Labour (MOL) is calling on the National Trade Union Congress of Belize to name its representative who will sit on the Essential Services Arbitration Tribunal to Convene tomorrow, in an attempt to settle a dispute between the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) and members of its staff before they take industrial action.

The MOL issued a statement today urging the NTUCB to name their representative on the tribunal, reminding that the the Christian Workers Union wrote to the ministry on July 7, informing of the intention of staffers in the security department to take strike action due to unsuccessful efforts by the CWU to get the PBL to rescind a 10% salary reduction as well as address alleged breaches of the 2002 Collective Agreement between the Union and PBL.

“The NTUCB has not yet submitted a name to the Ministry; however, given the urgency of the situation, the Ministry has moved to establish the Tribunal and all other members have been appointed. As soon as the representative of the NTUCB is provided, the nominee will be appointed,” the MOL said.

The ministry went on to say that the Labour Department has been and will continue to make efforts to bring the CWU and the PBL, to the table to speak and collaborate with each other to resolve the matter, as it is in the country’s best interest that the matter be resolved.

Last week, members of the CWU staged a demonstration at the PBL compound over the Port’s decision to terminate some 36 workers, 29 of which are union members. The issue on that termination should also be addressed on Wednesday.

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