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July 21 - Attorney General to File Request for Injunction to Stall Implementation of Redundancy at Port of Belize Limited

AG to file injunction to stop employees from being terminated from PBL

The Attorney General is seeking to file a request to the Supreme Court for an injunction to restrain the Port of Belize from implementing termination of employees.  The AG is planning to file this on behalf of the Ministry of Labor tomorrow, July 22, which is the same date that the workers were set to be terminated.

The Attorney General is seeking to file a request to the Supreme Court for an injunction to restrain the Port of Belize from implementing termination of employees.  The AG is planning to file this on behalf of the Ministry of Labor tomorrow, July 22, which is the same date that the workers were set to be terminated. As we have been reporting over the past month or so, the PBL and the employees, who are represented by the Christian Workers Union (CWU) have been engaged in an ongoing battle surrounding the implementation of a 10% salary reduction. In a separate matter, the PBL wrote to the Labor Department and the CWU on Sunday, July 12, about the company’s impending redundancies and requested a tri-partite meeting of the three parties. The Labor Commissioner responded to PBL on the same day advising that the company should follow the redundancy process outlined in the Collective Agreement. On July 15, the PBL advised that the redundancies would take effect on July 22 and provided the list of 36 workers that they planned to make redundant. The Labor Department advised PBL of the need to comply with the requirement of the Labor Act, which outlines the processes and protocols that must be followed. The Labour Department continues to request the PBL’s compliance with the provisions of the Labour Act.