Mose is new CWU President, says he’s not interested in party politics Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

Evan “Mose” Hyde, the host of KREM’s morning television show, has won an election for the Presidency of the Christian Workers Union (CWU). He now takes over leadership of the union from the past president, Dale Trujeque, who stepped down due to personal reasons.

His entry into the elections for the post came as a surprise, for many, and he has readily admitted that he decided to offer himself as a candidate very late. Hyde told the press that he agreed to run after being encouraged by his long-time friend, Deon Pitter, who is a stevedore and a member of the union.

Though he did not have much time to campaign to the general membership of the CWU, he won by wide margins. He topped the poles with 328 votes, defeating Wilmore Staine, a returning candidate from last year, who got 72 votes, and Moses Sulph, who only got 39 votes.

Speaking with the press about his victory, Hyde acknowledged that the members were putting their trust in his abilities.

He said, “I was a last minute entry into the process… [I] Didn’t do any kind of campaigning per say… and so I am very appreciative of the fact that many people who I didn’t really speak to personally, who I might not even know personally, voted for me… I feel the weight of that expectation to do my best.”

He has freely acknowledged to having no experience with trade union work, which heavily involves, worker’s rights and terms of employment. He has said that in areas of collective bargaining negotiations and the like, he will heed the advice of experienced labor experts who have offered to provide him guidance, to make the best decisions on behalf of the members.

He expects to unite the different groups of employees which make up the CWU. Readers may know that workers who are members of the union come from places of employment such as the Belize City Council, Central Bank, the Belize Social Security, and the stevedores who work at the Port of Belize.

Hyde’s perspective on the unification, as he explained to the press, is, “You have the grassroots energy of the stevedores. You have the professional class of people who work at Central Bank, and Social Security. How to bridge that? How to get them to see in each other that there is common ground on which they stand and that even what is perceived to be a challenge that is its diversity is actually a strength, because when you get those 2 movements of workers together and they are able to say listen, you might lift in the containers and I might sit behind a desk, but workers’ rights is our common denominator”

So, now, Hyde’s brother-in-law, Bernard Wagner, is the Mayor of Belize City. His brother, Cordel Hyde, is the Deputy Party Leader of the PUP. When he was asked if he would join these two and seek elected office, he said no. Hyde is of the opinion that the trade union movement is not his spring board into politics that people have already started speculating it to be.

Answering that question directly, the new CWU president said, “You don’t jump into a union and decide that okay, this is where I am going to make my name. So I can say this categorically that there is no molecule in me that aspires for party political life or a party political career.”