Photos: Bermuda May Day Rally At City Hall

May 1, 2015

The Bermuda May Day Rally was held on the City Hall steps today [May 1] as part of the observance of International Workers Day 2015, with the public invited to “join together in solidarity with the BTUC to celebrate International Workers Day.”

The event was opened by Hamilton Mayor Graeme Outerbridge, with an opening prayer offered by Rev. Nicholas Tweed. A musical selection was provided by Dellwood Middle School.


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Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] Member Presidents were on hand with greetings, including Leroy Simmons [Bermuda Entertainment Union], Jason Hayward [Bermuda Public Services Union] and Shannon James [Bermuda Union of Teachers]. Following those greetings, Bermuda Industrial Union [BIU] President Chris Furbert provided a history of International Workers Day.

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  1. serengeti says:

    And they’re wearing OBA colours. How nice of them.

    • PBanks says:

      OBA, People’s Campaign, Digicel, HSBC, North Village, many bases are covered

  2. shirley Richardson says:

    RED IS THE OFFICIAL COLOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOR MOVEMENT.
    IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICAL PARTIES, SOME PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO
    PUT A SPIN ON EVERYTHING.

    IN THIS CASE, IT IS OBVIOUS THAT SOME FOLKS DON’T know very much about
    LABOR TRADITIONS., OVER A HUNDRED AND FIFTY COUNTRIES CELEBRATED LABOR
    DAY, ON MAY 1st. AS THE SAYING GOES,” THE MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE”.

    • Varied says:

      Dont read too much into it shirley, they’re just making jokes. Most people understand the significance of the labour movement and May 1st.

  3. Contrary to much of what had been said on the step of City Hall I believe Government must continue on course…
    Remember it didn’t happen (the unemployment etc.) overnight it has been an ongoing process starting back a half decade so no, don’t feel it’s only the One Bermuda Alliance to be blamed. Granted, they are the Government of the day and have
    “their proverbial finger upon the pulse” In reality, things are improving for many and many more in the not too distant future…

  4. dog says:

    same ol loud mouths and know it alls commenting saying same ol crap as usual by the way i thought the whole world went in to financial trouble guess you can just blame plp for it like you PEOPLE always do every time and by the way im not in favor of the Westminster system i think both parties are irrelevant, out dated, equally worthless and needs to be TERMINATED, but that wont happen, lets face it the rich will always be against the poor and they stick together. Dont worry my poor people their day will come and so will OURS. Remember Jesus was a humble poor man as well.

    • Zevon says:

      The “world” did not “go into financial trouble”. That’s a PLP myth.
      A lot of countries, like Canada for example, were completely unaffected. Bermuda’s financial problems were caused by a government who wanted to overspend. Cox had no interest at all in meeting budgets or balancing budgets.

  5. destiny says:

    I was disgusted with the speeches made. If I didn’t know better I would have thought it was a PLP rally. I will be moving my union dues to charity on Monday. Enough of the political bias. My money won’t be supporting such slanted causes.

    • Thank you, for seeing the light. Ones “union dues” would serve better in the hands of a much in needed charity.
      I agree, so much venom was spewed out,and them sitting upon the wall,(most)are vulnerable and can be easily influenced by them that have, “the gift of gab”; “dazzle them with diamonds while simultaneously filling their heads with bullcrap”.

    • aceboy says:

      Good for you.

      The significance of May Day is not lost. But as you rightly recognise the entire labour movement on this island has been hijacked by politicians and leaders who care only for the continuation of receiving your dues and support at the polls.

      • I ask, why is this Reverend Nicholas Tweed (who just happens to be a contract worker) indulging in our private / local affairs so damn much? Inquisitive minds would love to know…

  6. Ringmaster says:

    During a question time with Ed Miliband this wqeek, leader of the Labour Party, in the UK, was hit with this question from an audience member:

    He said: ‘You talk about a global financial crisis, but Australia didn’t suffer, Canada didn’t suffer, some other countries didn’t suffer. This country did suffer because Gordon Brown sold gold to prop up the social services. How can you stand there and say you didn’t overspend – it’s ludicrous, you’re lying.

    ‘The facts speak for themselves. You stood there and said you didn’t overspend. If I get to the end of the week and I can’t afford to buy a pint it means I’ve overspent – I’ve got no money left. You got to the end of a 13-year government and you had spent, spent and spent. You can’t stand there and say didn’t overspend.’

    Doesn’t this sound very familiar to the local Labour Party who was is power for 14 years?

  7. Strike fund says:

    Appalling turnout.

    If there’s an opportunity to down tools and get paid the streets are packed, but paying respect to the labour movement on their own time and a tiny handful show up. Well done to those that did.