Video: BIU’s Chris Furbert On Menzies Aviation

June 15, 2016

Bermuda Industrial Union [BIU] President Chris Furbert held a press conference regarding the recent work stoppage by Menzies Aviation workers at LF Wade International Airport, describing the Union’s position in the dispute.

Following the withdrawal of labour by 36 employees at the airport on Thursday, Menzies Aviation said it obtained an interim injunction from the Supreme Court which “restrains the employees and the BIU” from “participating in” or “influencing” anyone to take part in a “strike or irregular industrial action short of a strike.”

BIU President Chris Furbert on Menzies Aviation Bermuda June 14 2016 1

Mr. Furbert said, “Last week Thursday was a work stoppage of the LF Wade International Airport. The Menzies workers downed tools for few hours, and it was concerning the negotiations for a new agreement.

“Now, there have been a lot of things said about what should happen or what shouldn’t happen and I think I said to you, the media and to Bermuda on a number of occasions, whilst there are legislations on the books that try to legislate people’s behaviour, when people have had enough, they’ve had enough.”

Mr Furbert explained the workers took a 10% pay cut in 2013 “with the understanding they would get it back, and to date, they have not gotten it back.”

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  1. swing voter says:

    such an unnecessary mess. again who were the principals behind the 2013 ‘agreement’ and why was the BIU and its members willing to comply with a salary reduction request. Shady stuff, as it appears to make the books look relatively healthy for imminent sale….I think Manzies were hoodwinked.

    • Yahdumb says:

      After BAS, Ren. Aviation took over. The agreement went to arbitration and the employees were asked to take a pay cut.

  2. Family Man says:

    Is this the same group of people who are suing BAS for severance pay, claiming they were made redundant when Menzies took over?

    Now they’re saying the old agreements with BAS should now apply to Menzes … and they need a raise.

    Seems we have a new definition of chutzpah.

  3. Terry says:

    Gotta make money to give money.
    Shalom.

  4. jt says:

    A long list of illegal behaviour is perfectly acceptable with that rationale.

    Remind us again which company implemented the cut and promised to repeal it.

    10%. Is that different than other figures that have been floated as fact?

  5. Good luck you guys, cheap labor is de order of de day.

  6. Armchair warrior says:

    Lmao at this fool “with all due respect he’s lucky I wasn’t there cause I would have thrown him out” !