ESTU Set To Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary

January 21, 2015

The Electricity Supply Trade Union [ESTU] is getting set to celebrate 50 years since its inception following the BELCO riots of 1965, with the organisation saying that it has “never lost focus on its role to ensure equality in the work place.”

The ESTU was officially launched on February 2, 1965.

The celebration will include a week of community services and revitalization, while also recommitting itself to continuing to advocate and represent the workers of both BELCO and Bermuda Gas.

A spokesperson said, “The BELCO riots of 1965 marked the beginning of the industrial action that formed the Electricity Supply Trade Union. Over the past fifty years, the ESTU has advocated on behalf of workers rights and has never lost focus on its role to ensure equality in the work place.

“The ESTU shares a unique bond and/or connection with the Bermuda Industrial Union [BIU] who came to the aid of the BELCO workers back in 1965 and organized industrial action that led to civil unrest. On February 2, 1965, the workers were heard and the Electricity Supply Trade Union was born.

ESTU Vice-President Robin Richardson said, “There is no victory without struggle. The ESTU is a union that was born out of turmoil and strife.

“Now as we prepare to celebrate 50 years of service to our members and the country, we the leadership of the ESTU are humbled to be at the helm of a ship that has come through the storms of the past and we continue to prepare for another 50 years of service as we forge ahead into the uncharted waters of the future.”

“The ESTU is launching a new website and social media pages to keep the public informed of all events and opportunities to get involved. The ESTU has over 200 members who are excited about the opportunity for the general public to learn more about the union and all of the union’s good works.”

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