“We completely reject the premise of the Bermuda Industrial Union’s special edition of The Workers’ Voice” as “their presentation of information is twisted, misleading and false,” the OBA said.
This follows after the Workers Voice released a special edition focused on the “State of Employment for Bermudians under the OBA Government,” saying that Bermudians “are being displaced in their own country.”
In response, the OBA said, “The One Bermuda Alliance Government is committed to doing all we can to complete an economic turnaround that benefits working families across the Island at every level.
“That has been the focus of our economic programme from Day One. And so we completely reject the premise of the Bermuda Industrial Union’s special edition of The Workers’ Voice.
“Their presentation of information is twisted, misleading and false. To say the Government has ;used’ $77 million to support the America’s Cup is simply wrong.
“To say the Government ‘exploited’ Immigration legislation allowing PRCs to apply for status ignores the Supreme Court ruling that PLP legislation gave them the right to apply for status.
“To object to the Government’s hiring freeze ignores the fact that the BIU supported the hiring freeze.
“The Government has spent a tremendous amount of energy restoring investor confidence in Bermuda that was all but destroyed by the end of 2012; confidence that leads to jobs. We’re not there yet, but the foundation is unquestionably in place for a recovery that will help Bermudians across the board.
“BIU objections to this work, particularly against the massive setbacks for workers under the previous government, is strange but not unexpected. We welcome criticism and pressure, but only ask that it be based on facts, not spin.”