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Multi-million-dollar lawsuit accuses stevedores, Christian Workers’ Union of carrying out “illegal strike”

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Posted: Friday, February 11, 2022. 10:08 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Breaking Belize News has seen court documentation of a claim form laid out by the Port of Belize Limited against the Christian Workers’ Union (CWU); its president, Evan “Mose” Hyde; and several members.

The Port’s CEO Andy Lane claims against the Union, recognized and registered under section 13 of the Trade Unions and Employer’s Organizations (Registration, Recognition, and Status) Act (“the Act”) that it “aided, facilitated and encouraged the Third through Seventh Defendants in the claim, all stevedores and members of the Union, to participate in an illegal strike which unlawfully prevented PBL from loading and unloading cargo containers for a period of eight days, causing substantial economic loss, and that Hyde as President “aided, facilitated and encouraged” the remaining defendants to participate in the strike which caused a substantial loss in the Port’s inability to unload cargo.

The Port further claims that during the CWU’s industrial action the port suffered Special Damages in the sum of $1,034,403, and claims in the court for this amount, general damages for the tort of interference with economic interests by unlawful means by striking from January 20 to 27 inclusive; interest and costs.

The two sides are slated to discuss a number of issues including compensation for the loss of sugar work and hours to resolve the backlog of container offloading occasioned by the work stoppage.

 

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