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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020. 12:42 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: A total of 36 people lost their job at the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) today due to redundancy, a move that the company called “regrettable.”

The PBL announced that the terminations were made effective at 11:00 a.m. today for the employees, and noted that it was a direct result of the current difficult economic times being experienced in Belize and globally.

Pablo Salinas, Chief Operating Officer of PBL said, “the terminations due to redundancy were necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the lockdown of Belize and the global economic downturn which, cumulatively, resulted in a drastic reduction in the volume of PBL’s operations and an overall fall in revenue of 41%.”

The PBL noted that all employees made redundant will immediately receive the full benefits and compensation to which they are entitled under the law and that the port had tried to maintain its full staff complement for as long as it possibly could.

“..but worsening economic conditions, combined with illegal strike action resulting in delays and substantial loss of revenue, has made it impracticable to continue  to do so. The decision was made in the long-term interest of interest of its employees, PBL and the general public,” the PBL said.

Our newsroom has been informed that the terminations were effective just hours before a planned injunction was to be filed at the Supreme Court, to delay the said terminations until the matter could be worked out via tribunal.

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