The Port of Belize Limited employees have submitted their 21 days’ notice for strike action. According to the President of the Christian Workers Union, Evan Mose Hyde, the notice is a ‘just in case’ move as the security guards are considered as essential and they would have to give ample notice to take part in the protest. It has been seven days since the protest began but, according to Hyde the employees are still strong spirited in making their voices heard.
Evan Mose Hyde, President, Christian Workers Union: “The twenty one day notice applies to the security personnel who are declared essential staff, the essential service but the regular staff are not a part of that so they can strike today but the security people need twenty one days notice to be put forward which we did yesterday. I’ve spoken to Senator Smith and I’ve also had a reach out from the Vice President of the NTUCB brother Clifford reached out to us yesterday; we provided them with documentation of situation here with PBL and so we await to see what their position is going to be. What we are seeing is that more and more of the staff embracing the fact that they have to stand up and there is no waning of their commitment they remain very steadfast and I think especially now that they see the stevedores coming out to support them visibly standing in solidarity I think that also buoys their commitment and their focus on this matter.”
Naim Borges, Love FM News: Do you think that PBL will budge any time soon ?
Evan Mose Hyde, President, Christian Workers Union: “I really can’t speak to PBL. I believe we are hoping, they’ve been hoping from the time we wrote them about what the staff voted for that they would have been reasonable, that they would have been responsible and that they would have prevented all of this. It’s really not for me to explain why they have chosen to go down this path of ignoring, essentially disrespecting their staff who really and truly they are what your entire service is built on.”
The employees have been protesting for almost a week now and a go slow has been implemented.