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Two stevedores accuse CWU for witholding their retirement fund

Two stevedores have come forward to express their dissatisfaction with the Christian Workers Union. In a letter, the two men stated that the CWU has breached its duty for fair representation of stevedores during the collective bargaining negotiating process that started in April 2017.

Two stevedores have come forward to express their dissatisfaction with the Christian Workers Union. In a letter, the two men stated that the CWU has breached its duty for fair representation of stevedores during the collective bargaining negotiating process that started in April 2017. The issue has to do with contributions taken out from the stevedore’s salaries that were supposed to be placed in a savings fund called Stevedore Savings. This money would then be paid back to them upon retirement. According to the letter, one of the major concerns was the intermediate agreement that allowed the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) to deduct 4% from their salaries that would then be handed over to the CWU for safekeeping. According to the stevedores, this was being done without their written consent and they were threatened by other stevedores and the past union leader whenever they attempted to raise the concern. The two men filed a grievance claim but it was rejected on the grounds that they were disgruntled. The men claimed that they tried speaking with the president of the CWU, Evan Mose Hyde, about the complaints of unfair representation but little was done. They have since then taken the matter of the court through a civil suit against the employer to recover all deductions made since July 2017. We attempted to contact Hyde, but was told he was otherwise occupied. We will keep following this story.