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PBL calls out CWU for being disingenuous

The Port of Belize has responded to the Christian Workers Union demand that their record be reviewed by a financial expert before salary deductions are made. The CWU stated in their press release yesterday that 64 out of the 85 members voted in a secret poll to not accept the 10% reduction.

The Port of Belize has responded to the Christian Workers Union demand that their record be reviewed by a financial expert before salary deductions are made. The CWU stated in their press release yesterday that 64 out of the 85 members voted in a secret poll to not accept the 10% reduction. However, PBL rebutted that statement by saying that CWU refused to allow 67 out of a total of 152 staff members covered by the Collective Agreement to participate in the poll. According to PBL, the 64 votes who rejected the proposal only amounted to 42% of staff members. PBL also called out CWU for blaming them for not updating the Collective Agreement (CA) when, according to them, a revised and refreshed CA proposal was submitted to CWU over 90 days ago. PBL also stated that they have tried to have constructive dialogue with the CWU leadership by paying out all pension contributions agreed upon, ordering new safety equipment for all operational staff, and more.  However, they have been met with canceled meetings and unanswered requests for meetings since April 3. With that said, PBL announced that effective June 15, they will be implementing the 10% salary reduction for staff that fall under the CBA. By doing this, they are committed to avoiding staff layoffs. The executive team also commits to monitoring the company’s finances and re-evaluate this decision every three months. Once the economic recovery is well underway, PBL leadership will revert these salaries back to current levels.