By Benjamin Flowers: The Belize Progressive Party (BPP), in an act of solidarity with the stevedores employed at the Port of Belize Limited, is calling for the Government of Belize to intervene on their behalf as they face cuts to their income due to the recent decision to have sugar shipments handled at the Big Creek Port.
The BPP describes the situation as ” wanton neglect” on the part of GOB and says that the handling of the situation has made life more difficult for hard-working Belizeans, who were already suffering hardships before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Government has done very little to intervene on behalf of the Stevedores and what is most insulting to hardworking Stevedores is that the Government has outrightly dismissed the plight of the Stevedores by trying to spin this into a sugar industry versus shipping industry issue,” the BPP said.
The BPP also called on Prime Minister John Briceno to take the necessary actions that respect the rights of all workers and preserve the employment of stevedores and ensure the sustainability of the sugar and the shipping industries.
Last week, the stevedores learned that the sugar shipments would be moving down to the Big Creek Port, essentially cutting their revenues by 50 percent. The Christian Workers Union, which negotiates on behalf of member stevedores, says that is has begun the process of negotiating a redundancy package for those affected with the PBL.