We have been closely following the story between two stevedores and their issues with the Christian Workers Union. The two stevedores have been saying that 4% of their salaries is deducted and placed into a stevedore fund due to an intermediate agreement that was signed back in 2017. They mentioned that they did not agree to the deduction and that the stevedore fund that was supposed to be used as a retirement savings isn’t being used properly. Today we spoke to the President of the CWU, Evan Mose Hyde, who addressed the concerns and explained how the fund is being used currently.
Evan Mose Hyde, President, Christian Workers Union: “All I will say to that is that every single penny of that fund is accounted for and that’s a matter that requires a lot of further you would say a lot of further ground work to be done to properly put in place what needs to be put in place for that. What we have is an interim situation and that’s an agreement that was signed before I came into the house but the members have their right to have a dissenting view and we respect that. That fund is presently situated at HRCU and because of the fact that it’s not set up in a way that it’s constituted with the required trust because that has not been put in place the members are able to legally put in request for their funds. The next percent which is maintained by the company is not something we have any access to, any management of and so there is no involvement with that.”
Reporter: Company you mean PBL?
Evan Mose Hyde, President, Christian Workers Union: “PBL yes.”
Another concern was that the men were threatened every time they voiced out their opinions on the matter. President Hyde responded by saying that they do not discriminate any member for having a different point of view.