Posted: Friday, May 19, 2023. 1:43 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On May 18, 2023, UDP Party Leader Shyne Barrow, Deputy Leader, Beverly Williams, Regional Leaders, Elected members of the House and Southside Standard Bearers met with the Christian Workers Union (CWU) representatives including President Mose Hyde.
The CWU Executive shared a comprehensive briefing on their trade dispute with the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) and all that led to the Essential Services Arbitration Tribunal ruling in favor of the Stevedores on January 27, 2022.
“The UDP remains convinced that the PBL must comply with the Tribunal’s decision that the Stevedores were left sugar industry redundant by the complete loss of sugar shipments suffered with the sugar industry’s move to big creek.
The terms of reference for the Essential Services Tribunal stipulated that PBL comply within 30 days of ruling, that was 16 months ago thus the UDP finds it a reprehensible dereliction of duty by the Briceno Administration and his Minister of Labor who set up the Tribunal that they have done nothing to enforce a binding Tribunal decision,” a statement from the UDP noted.
In addition, the UDP demands that “Stevedores be treated with the fairness and the dignity they deserve forthwith.”
“The Briceño Government’s Tribunal ruled that PBL must pay the Stevedores for sugar redundancy 16 months ago thus there is absolutely no reason the Minister of Labor can give for the failure of the Government’s Tribunal to enforce their decision.
If the Briceno Government cannot enforce its own Tribunal’s ruling then this is another clear sign that the time has come to hand over the Executive Branch to the UDP Government in waiting who will enforce the rule of law in equitable and just fashion to the laborers that built Belize,” the UDP added.
The UDP pledged solidarity with the CWU and Stevedores.
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