Dawn Simmons — the PLP candidate for Paget East — said the Opposition should “take a stand on the KFC matter.” Ms Simmons’ comments came after Friday’s [June 1] march which saw hundreds of BIU members march from Union Street to KFC’s Queen Street location to protest the fast food restaurant’s latest decision in their ongoing dispute.
Various public services were suspended across the island as workers made their way through Hamilton; with the Port, Construction, Postal, Corporation of Hamilton, TELCO, Public Transportation, Hotels, Parks, and W&E divisions joining in the march.
The BIU make their way to KFC on Friday:
A statement from the Progressive Labour Party said, “The PLP have taken a clear stand in favour of the rule of law and the process. We support the arbitration process that was recommended by Minister Patrice Minors which would keep Bermudians working and give management and workers a fair chance to make their case.
“When management undermined this process and recommendation, we moved swiftly to take management to court to ensure that the proper process was followed. Thus far, the OBA has been silent on the matter, releasing no public statement. PLP candidate Dawn Simmons thinks the public deserves to know where they stand.”
John Gibbons — the PLP candidate for C#2 St. George’s West — was marching with the BIU:
“If the OBA wants to be the government, they have to make tough calls and take a position on the issues of the day,” said Ms Simmons.
“The people of Bermuda deserve to know where the OBA stands on the KFC matter. Do they support the workers? Do they support the management? Do they support the prudent judgment exhibited by Minister Minors? Where do they stand?”
“The OBA tells us that they want to bring change to Bermuda. But, what does this really mean? Does it mean that they will change the rights of employees in the workplace?
“Does it mean that they will look out for the Bermuda of the wealthy or will they look after the Bermuda for everyone else? It’s time for the OBA to end their silence on this matter. The people need to know what the OBA would do and whose side are they on,” concluded Ms Simmons.
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