By Aaron Humes: Breaking Belize News confirmed with General-Secretary of the Christian Workers’ Union, Floyd Neal, that the Union is “in the process” of handing over to stevedores their cheques from the $1.5 million ex gratia payment made by the Government of Belize for any prejudices they may have suffered as a result of the 2002 privatization of the Belize City port.
Neal said he would have no further comment beyond the confirmation.
According to our colleagues at KREM News, an application for an interim injunction to stop the payments by Port of Belize Limited and receiver Arturo Vasquez was set to be heard this afternoon in the courtroom of Justice Lisa Shoman.
The distribution of the payments leaves that matter is apparent limbo, as according to the first application for an interim injunction to stop the Government from making the payment to the Christian Workers Union on behalf of stevedores, quoted by KREM, it was stated “…once paid out and distributed to the individual stevedores, it is unlikely that the $1.5 million would be recoverable from the fourth defendant [the Christian Workers’ Union].”
The Port is suing several stevedores, the Union, and president Evan “Mose” Hyde for damages general and special related to the eight-day shutdown of activity at the Port, and according to Hyde has not fully engaged them with regard to commitments arising from both the MOU and the ruling of the Essential Services Arbitration Tribunal made in late January.