Govt: ‘Likely Be A Disruption Of Public Services’

January 2, 2017

[Updated] The Government has advised that “there will likely be a disruption of public services including buses and ferries as well as garbage collection” on Tuesday morning [Jan 3] due to the BIU meeting.

A spokesperson said, “The Government is advising today that a BIU meeting has been called for tomorrow morning at 9am. As a result, there will likely be a disruption of public services including buses and ferries as well as garbage collection. Government will advise once these services have resumed. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.”

Two meetings are expected to take place tomorrow, with the BIU holding a general membership meeting at BIU Headquarters, while the People’s Campaign is holding an “urgent meeting for all concerned residents of Bermuda” at St. Paul AME Centennial Hall at 12 noon. Both meetings follow after it was announced on December 29th that Rev Nicholas Tweed’s work permit would not be renewed.

Update 6.15pm: Govt has clarified the meeting is at 9am, not 8am, so the text has been amended.

Update 8.33pm: Minister of Tourism, Transport & Municipalities Michael Fahy said, “I am profoundly disappointed that the Bus Drivers and Allied Workers Division of the Bermuda Industrial Union advised PTB management that there would be no buses operating from 8am Tuesday January 3rd 2017. No time for recommencement of service was given.

“This advisory does not fulfill the terms of the collective bargaining agreement in place and moreover the issues to be discussed do not relate to labour issues.

“Disruption of public transportation services is totally irresponsible, especially since many schools open on the very day of the meeting being called. The timing is obviously designed to cause maximum disruption.

“Taking unauthorized leave of absence is wrong and is a breach of employment contracts. The public expects more and is entitled to do so.

“Those calling for such disruption should be ashamed of themselves. I urge the union members to think about their public duty and reconsider their position to enable workers to get to work and students to get to school.

“I encourage members of the public to help your neighbour and car pool and for all other public service vehicles to be on the road to help service the public when they need it most.”

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  1. Letsbereal says:

    Cut this crap out!

    • We’re trying to cut this crap out with this dictatorial Government doing what de F&#@ they want against a certain group of people, and giving a pass to others.

      • rich says:

        What exactly is so dictatorial about what the Govt is doing? Just hyperbole …

      • Edmund S says:

        I think the OBA should give you exactly what you are asking for. They can call it the “Tweed” bill. All work permit renewals are automatic, no need to advertise the job and no reason to fill out any paperwork. Just give notice to the Immigration board what permits are automatically renewing.

        • Toodle-oo says:

          Hey , let’s fine tune that a bit more , eh ?

          All of those work permit holders , even if they’re Canadians or Phillipinos , the two groups at the very top of the xenophobes hate list ,they will be allowed to engage in political activism even if they’re stirring the pot for the OBA .

          • Fellow Expat says:

            I like it, I like it! Let’s start buying up businesses and land too!!
            “Tweed Bill 2017!”

            • Ringmaster says:

              I hope that the moderate BIU and PLP members will realise that President Furbert is blinded by emotion. If he thinks he can threaten the Bermuda Government with the America’s Cup he will fail spectacularly. Hundreds of jobs, and maybe thousands will be lost from the fallout. America’s Cup is Larry Ellison’s event. He brought it here. He can just as easily take it back to San Francisco, or any number of other place that will welcome him. Chris Furbert is way out of depth with this one. Larry Ellison is unlikely to give a warning but like Nike will just do it. Gone.

              • Grizz says:

                Don’t think San Francisco wants it back! Financially it didn’t really work out for them…hmmm

      • Sage says:

        Why don’t you get a seat on the next plane out??

        • Skytrain says:

          Don’t worry thats about to happen with IB.
          Then its Americas Cup.
          Then its crickets…good luck.

      • DJO says:

        oj your blind, nothing dictatorial except from the opposition and poople movement. Wrong is wrong dumb a.. oh except when it suits the loyal muppet furbut to his end no foreinners except tweed

      • mark says:

        Are you completely retarded onion juice?!? Dont you see the hypocrisy in what you are saying?!?

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        It is a sad mark against your scales if this is what contributes to your definition of ‘dictatorial Government’ and the PLP are still ranked as the choice for democracy. The last 4 years has seen far more democratic governing than was ever shown in the 14 before that. It has also shown a far more successful administration of government, having set out policies and legislation that has rung in more immigration violators than previously; a resurgence in business growth; a resurgence in tourism numbers; a reduction in a very difficult government deficit… Face it OJ, the only reason you can’t stand the OBA is that they are a party that actual better represents the diversity that makes up our community and you can’t stand diversity.

      • REALLY?! says:

        The OBA Government has saved us Onion Juice…. They have been very democratic with dealing with the business of getting Bermuda back up and running.

        They inherited some very bad business practices from 14 years of the PLP/BIU.

        What is our debt really? 2.2 Billion is what was borrowed. There is credit card debt and overdraft with all of the local banks. Also, Capital projects that had to be paid for that were started by the PLP.

        Where did all of this money go?

        Not perfect at all we know but they are fixing something that the PLP broke!

        We need to support them and get the Country out of debt and soon.

        This sort of crap can only hurt us as a Nation. Tweed has had his audience and has lost his fight.

        If the PLP was elected into ‘power’, we would be finished.

        Well done OBA and may the PLP be in Opposition for ever.

      • Cranberry says:

        As usual – heavy on short words lite on facts – who have they beengiving a pass to? Names please not just innuendo…!!!

    • Hey says:

      The AME church and Rev. Tweed must be feeling pretty proud of themselves right now.

      • hmmmmmm says:

        Don’t clump all of the ame church with St Paul’s. If you noticed the church is silent. Just the officers of St Paul’s have spoken out. And revered tweed is an officer.

        • Marge says:

          The congregation at ST Pauls, is sure getting smaller !!!! the head of this chrch has been very silent ….
          The meeting of the union tomorrow, is so stupid !!! how can you members let your children suffer no buses most likely… people who do not have their own transportation to get to work will suffer, ENOUGH OF THIS CHILDISH BEHAVIOUR !!!!Cris Furbert, for once in your life stop being on the defensive….and can you please slow down when you have a news conference…. you always sound so angry and you talk so fast most people wonder what you are saying !!!!!
          I hope the people of Bermuda, take a stand against this continuation of the disruption of our Island !!!!!!

        • Legalgal says:

          Silence is complicity. Speak up.

        • Hurricane says:

          @ hmmmmmm this is not a time for silence. Silence = consent

      • Truth Teller says:

        Yes we are “Hey”!!!!!!!

    • concerned says:

      HERE THEY GO AGAIN. THIS IS UTTER @%%### NONSENCE. TIRED OF THIS BS

      • concerned says:

        THE GOOD CHRISTIAN REVEREND SAID HIS BUDDY AND FELLOW “BULLY” WILL SHUT THE ISLAND DOWN IF THE WORK PERMIT IS REJECTED AND…..SO SAID SO DONE !!!!! SICK BEHAVIOUR

    • Rightok says:

      The OBA discriminates against certain demographics of people. Now look what the people have to do. Thank you OBA For nothing. What a worthless government. Can’t even govern a small 22 sq mile island without causing havoc.

      • aceboy says:

        You are upset with the wrong party and are spewing nonsense.

      • just wondering says:

        I doubt the “havoc” of no buses, ferries and garbage collection is the fault of the OBA – its clearly the fault of the Union who want to have a labour dispute over a non labour matter!! Involving a person who isn’t unionized and who didn’t comply with basic requirements for the application – put the blame where it is supposed to be!

        • Rightok says:

          It’s clearly the OBA’s fault. The union’s actions are always reactionary or after the fact. (OBA = Cause, Unions Protest = Effect)

          • Warwick Wonder Woman says:

            You sound like a Democrat. Blame someone else.

      • rich says:

        I think that the PC calling meetings and encouraging people to organise may have broken the chain of caution when it comes to ‘causing havoc’.

  2. TJ says:

    This is ridiculous!! Think of the public and children that need to go about their day. School is just getting back in and your selfish acts of disruption need to be reconsidered. The Rev is a an expat…get over it. He may have Bermudian family but so do a lot of other foreigners…Shall we disrupt life for them as well?

  3. wassup says:

    what a joke the unions have become. You want sympathy? You must be kidding

    • Onion says:

      Seriously. The Unions just stranded schoolchildren, seniors, and the poor because their favourite foreigner couldn’t be bothered to fill out his work permit properly.

      • aceboy says:

        Not to mention the tourists.

        What does Wayne Furbert tell his vacation renters, for example? Does he tell them that the protest is against pepper spraying riot police who are pawns of a dictatorial government? Does he scare them? Does he expect them to come back afterwards?

      • Cranberry says:

        It is God’s will – pray for Tweed – don’t protest..

      • aceGirl says:

        Hello! This is becoming a trend…let’s strike for everything and anyone. Just inconvenience a whole lot of other people who actually PAY for such services: bus/ferry! We will all be fine…us middle age people pay to get slapped in the face on a regular! Unfair!!!

  4. Ringmaster says:

    Totally unacceptable. This is not a labour dispute and therefore has to be illegal. I hope anyone attending is deducted pay. Follow Ronald Reagan’s stance with the air traffic controllers and fire the lot. Plenty of unemployed who can replace the positions.

    • Legalgal says:

      Legally it’s not about a labour dispute at all.

    • Truth says:

      The OBA needs to grow a pair and actually reprimand! I don’t understand why they aren’t doing anything. Can anyone tell me why? Am I missing something?

  5. Zevon says:

    No notice period as always. These people are obnoxious.

  6. Lualaba says:

    Fire the lot of them!!!!

  7. Hair says:

    Fire the whole dam lot of them!!! Tweed a BIU member???????? hummmm

    • the answer says:

      “it is better to be QUIET and thought a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all drought”

  8. Kevin says:

    The union should be taken to court, furbert has said that the Peoples Campaign and the union are separate how in the world does Tweeties a non Bermudian work permit become a union issue. Do preachers have a union ….Why call the meeting for Tuesday they could have called it on Saturday or Sunday or today, and all of those sympathizers would not have lost wages on something that does not concern them. Hell if Furbert fought this hard for Bermuda and Bermudians we could possibly be in a better place

  9. REALLY?! says:

    This is nothing to do with the Union! The application for Tweed was late and full of incomplete information. It was resubmitted and still incomplete. The position was not advertised properly. It is understood that it was never advertised properly. Doesn’t this come with a fine for the Church?

    • Marge says:

      The AME church should be ashamed of themselves…
      so that is why a lot of their congregation are going to other churches,I understand that a son of the soil who is much respected has applied for Tweeds job…. can anyone confirm this ?

      • Frank says:

        If Rev Tweeds Father is Bermudian how is he not Bermudian? What is the real reason? Rev Tweed can you please tell us how this is even possible?

        • James H says:

          His father is not Bermudian, and even if he was it doesn’t mean he would be Bermudian.

          • Izzypop says:

            The Peoples Campaign had plenty to say when the Bermuda born children of workers 20 odd yrs ago want to get status. They were told to go. To bad their parents over stayed their permits Yet this character has the union backing him. I would like to see the emails from immigration and the ame church and see who is telling the truth

          • concerned says:

            EXACTLY. PEOPLE….STEVIE WONDER CAN SEE THRU THIS SHHHHHH AND HE IS BLIND. HOW DUMB CAN YOU BE TO HAVE NICHOLAS GENEVIEVE AND CHRIS FURBERT LEAD YOU DOWN THE WRONG PATH……AGAIN . SMDH

        • aceboy says:

          You really have to ask that question? Clearly you have no clue as to what pathways to citizenship was all about….people born here and who have lived here for decades have been unable to get citizenship.

          Educate yourself. Don’t just listen to the PLP and Chris Furbert.

  10. Messy says:

    Let’s all leave our garbage down at Union Square

    • Micro says:

      Good idea.

    • CCT says:

      Lot s of garbage down there already!

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Understand the thought but guess who would pay to have it picked up. Think it would be done on straight time?

  11. Jenn says:

    Utterly ridiculous….again.

  12. Juan de Bermudez says:

    Can we have some one official to count the people at both gatherings? This way we can see if its the marjority of Bermuda!

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Yes, a nice shot of both of them. See how many faces, particularly the organisers, are in both shots.

  13. Ms Martin says:

    What about the children. Like this is not the best way to kick off the new year.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      How many school days have been lost this year to wildcat strikes? It is no wonder that those who can send their kids to private schools. Look at whose kids are losing the most in classroom time.

      Hint. It is not the parents who go to work each day.

  14. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Grow a pair and deal with this now and let the cards fall were they may! The silent majority will back you!!

  15. Michael says:

    There should’ve been a pathway to status for Rev Tweed…wait, he put the kaibosh on that during the last disruption!

  16. Build a Better Bermuda says:

    Let’s be honest here… unlike the BIU or PC… these were not urgent meetings. They are meetings being called for the specific purpose of disrupting the island, and why are they disrupting the island. To throw a tantrum because their ‘son of the soil’, didn’t put in the appropriate paperwork in the appropriate time to have his work permit renewed. The very same action that would have the BIU and PC calling urgent meetings to disrupt the island if it had been someone else getting their renewal granted while failing to put in the appropriate paperwork in the appropriate time to have their work permit renewed. It is depressing to see humanity degrade to such obvious level of hypocrisy in this world where people will actually accept it… at least so long as it is their side that is being so hypocritical, then it is OK. No one from the PLP and surrogates camp on this issue has even addressed why Mr. Tweed’s application was incomplete, inaccurate, late or didn’t follow the most basic of the required policies. No one has even mentioned how they always supported the fundemental requirement that job MUST be advertised… except in this case.
    Every other business, church, charity…. must advertise their jobs, so what makes the AME exempt, what makes them above the law, what makes them better than everyone else???

    • BdaReally says:

      No the amazing thing is that Tweed was fighting against Pathway to Status but yet here he is in a predicament and causing all this commotion. If he had been for Pathway he might have been able to apply for his status but I guess the same way he believes he didn’t have to follow the rules to apply for his work permit he must have felt that by being along side the BIU he would have been just given his status with no paperwork because he claims to be the son of a bermudian. Whatever at the end this is not a Union issue and anyone who goes to this meeting should have a pay deduction for the day.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      *so what makes the AME exempt, what makes them above the law, what makes them better than everyone else???*

      The fact that they’re a political extension of the PLP !
      You really ought to know that by now .

    • mB says:

      Does ever other business have to advertise every top position?
      Why did the AME never advertise these kind of positions before then?
      And most of all, is the oba going to back down yet again ?

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        There is the ability to apply for exception with a stated reasoning, top positions would probably be among those exceptions, but any exception must be applied for, and without the granting of an exception the work permit job must be advertised. The new policies have been in full effect since 2014, and since then every church, business, charity or whatever that has had to get a work permit has had to follow these same rules before the work permit, new or renewal, can be considered. All paperwork must be filled in, all information must be accurate and it must all be submitted in the stated time frames. The time frames being particularly relevant for renewals prior to the original permit expiring, otherwise the applicant may have to stop working while they wait for their application to be processed, or even leave the country and apply again. As is the case here, Mr. Tweed’s application was neither on time, complete or filled out with accurate information, which caused it to land on the Minister’s desk. The applicant was petitioned to provide the missing and/or corrected information within a given timeframe and again failed to do so to the satisfaction of the policies and as such the renewal was denied and here we are… having parties that have in the past loudly and repeated demanded that immigration controls be adhered to, policies be in place that give Bermudians fair chance to get jobs, critized the OBA for being a party for foreigners and that those who violate immigration rules be expelled; are now crying foul, promising to disrupt the island and demanding that we make an exception and ignore the rules for their whim. The sad state of politically blind hypocrisy at its zenith.

  17. Hair says:

    Hope they don’t have to catch de bus to the meeting!!!!

  18. Spit Bouy says:

    Gets popcorn & beer, Sighs.

  19. Welcome 2017 says:

    What a nice way to start off the year. Please go away.

  20. Concerned Bermuda Onion says:

    The BIU was created for local workers. Rev Tweed was born in London and does not have Bermuda status. Period. I do understand he has a Bermudian family. However, the Church did not fill out the correct paperwork for him to continue to be employed as a Pastor. The BIU I believe is out of order! This is not a Union issue! The Union was not created to be a “weapon” ! Rev. Tweed can re-apply and return if needed. You “down tools” for Pathway to Status” but this disruption is over a work permit holder!! “Huh”???? “Be careful what you wish for!

    • Toodle-oo says:

      * I do understand he has a Bermudian family.*

      Only through marriage , not blood .

      • Zevon says:

        His ‘family’ links to Bermuda are tenuous, and are not how they have been portrayed. He was not born with any Bermudian relatives.

    • Portia says:

      Wrong. The BIU was not created solely for local workers. It’s goal is to assist workers in Bermuda in a variety of trades and industries, irrespective of country of birth. Expats are eligible to seek advice and representation from the Union as well as born Bermudians, and some do.

      So YES, this is a union issue, especially given the fact that this could potentially be setting a legal precedent, which many people don’t seem to appreciate.

      • Sage says:

        Yawn!! Spin it all you like Portia. You know if he was a general guy from England you and Furbert would be marching him to the airport. Stop your hypocritical ravings.

      • hmmmmmm says:

        Yes and the majority have to vote for the union to represent them. They can get advice but not representation unless the mahority,51%, agree.
        To my knowledge the biu is not the agency shop for the ame church.

      • steve says:

        Portia when was the last time the union represented an expat(other than now) The only time the union is interested in an expat is when they can use them for information and then when the said person is fired they look away. I alway though this was just understood by everyone?

      • Zevon says:

        What “legal precedent” are you concerned about, Portia?

        You’re talking sheit.

      • Izzypop says:

        So plz tell me how come the union picks and chooses who they fight for I didn’t hear anything from the union when that English guy and his wife and Bermuda born children were kicked off the island when HWP burned down. If Rev Tweed was a OBA supporter the union would pay for his one way ticket out of here.

      • just wondering says:

        what nonsense – how does this create a “legal” precedent!?? you clearly have no knowledge of the law

    • Portia says:

      Wrong. The BIU was not created solely for local workers. It’s goal is to assist workers in Bermuda in a variety of trades and industries, irrespective of country of birth. Expats are eligible to seek advice and representation from the Union as well as born Bermudians, and some do.

      So YES, this is a union issue, especially given the fact that this could potentially be setting a legal precedent, which many people don’t seem to appreciate.

      • jim says:

        What legal precedent? Neither Tweed, nor the church, followed the correct procedures for a renewal of his work permit. It’s cut & dried. If this were anyone else, it would be a non-issue. There is absolutely no good reason for the BIU to get involved, or for any kind of protest.

      • Zevon says:

        So the BIU will represent expats who aren’t members.

        You expect us to believe that?

      • Starting Point says:

        Tweed is not a Union member nor is the AME, or any of their staff applying to be unionized. It is therefore not a Union issue. Also, there is a legal precedent, the act is very clear, job must be advertised (it was not), application must be completed in full (it was not). The only new precedent would be if the government broke the law in favour of a foreign worker.

  21. LuLu says:

    What a way to start 2017. Unbelievable!!!

  22. REALLY?! says:

    The ‘Bermuda Any Excuse NOT to Work Union’…. making Bermuda look stupid and weak!

    • FTU says:

      just another paid extra long holiday for a few clowns, the rest of you union members led to speak up and get the clown out and have a proper leader that can THINK and speak. The clown says he will listen to what the members say BS he will tell them what he wants. AH

  23. REALLY?! says:

    The BIU and PLP are the same thing! Disband both the Union and the PLP and let the OBA repair the HUGE damage that they have both done to our Island home!

  24. Forced union member says:

    Is there any way I can remove myself from union membership? This continued childish behaviour is ridiculous and I don’t want to continue paying dues to these clowns.

    • Ringmaster says:

      Bro Furbert has on many occasions said he only acts on what the members want. BS of course, but attend tomorrow and voice your opposition. I hope you, and others, will succeed and win and save Bermuda. Good luck.

    • Cedar Stump says:

      @FUM…go to your HR department and fill a form out to have your union dues diverted to charity.

    • hmmmmmm says:

      You have the voice. You all forget the union is run bottom up. You stopped him before., America cup weekend last year, and you all can stop him again. But you have to speak up. Let your voice be hear. I promise you, you are not alone.

    • Little girl says:

      I and my husband will be discontinuing our membership tomorrow .I am absolutely disgusted by what is going on .Where are the intelligent people of this island ?..please stand up as we need you desperately .Chris Furbert get out of your little world that is full of hatred and hell bent on keeping up an ideology that has no place in the modern world .You really are not important in the grand scheme of things but sadly you think you are, and that my fellow Bermudians is where the danger lies !

    • Frances says:

      Your money can go to a charity instead of the union

    • Infidelguy says:

      Of course you can! You can resign your membership and divert your funds to a worthy charitable cause. Many people have done that.

  25. Yawn says:

    How will the Unuon decide to proceed? A show of hands by those in attendance again!?! Lol. Forget that ILO standard. Bermuda Unions do things according to no standards whatsoever.

  26. Kevin says:

    And the PLP Mouth of the South Burt has said …………… wow the silence is deafening instead of condeming this union work stoppage he says nothing …….and you want to control government ..really ?

  27. REALLY?! says:

    What is the difference between Unionized and ‘Onionized’?

    • stunned... says:

      explain your riddle because at the moment it is sounding culturally or racially insensitive to me as an ‘Onion’.

      • Onion says:

        Yeah, and as someone who has long used the screen name “Onion” I’m doubly offended. (not to be confused with Onion Juice)

    • REALLY?! says:

      no offense meant at all people

  28. #DunkleyOut movement says:

    PLP/BIU/PC= Combined opposition. End of story

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      AME,CURB, BPSA, plus a whole bunch groups with some grand name but really have a duplication of the same few people.

      You missed some.

      • Irritated Jean E says:

        Omg CURB is a group of virtue signallers who do so only to feel good about themselves. CURB love using all the buzz words that the social justice warriors in the USA use.

  29. Family Man says:

    Watch them whinge and moan when there’s a “disruption” to payroll services.

  30. Hey says:

    This is going to be a looooooonng year…

  31. Street Smart says:

    UTTERLY RIDICULOUS!!!! The combined opposition are indeed hypocrites!!!!

  32. hmmmmmm says:

    OK. Let me get this time line straight.

    2013 reverend tweed arrives in bermuda
    2013-later part of 2014 the government and stakeholders, including the unions, work on the new legislation regarding work permit renewals
    Early 2014 ( before May) the formation of the people’s campaign. With reverend tweed
    March 2016 people’s campaign call Bermuda to action to stop the pathways to status bill stating the whole system need to be reviewed, which was done with the input of the Union in 2014
    July 2016 reverend tweets work permit was handed in less than two weeks before expiration, incomplete and with out advertising
    July – August 2016 ame church given extension to advertise and fix errors
    October-November 2016 no advertising and application still incomplete and inaccurate.
    December 2016 immigration upholds their policy regarding renewals and dies not renew reverend tweed work permit.
    January 2017 the union called a general meeting and stops public service to discuss why the work permit was not renewed
    January 2017 the people’s campaign calls a meeting for concerned bermudians to attend to discuss reverend tweed work permit, i.e calling the non unionized works out

    Is it just me or are there some fundamental errors in all of this.

    The pc bought the island to a halt over immigration policies. But not want this same policies to be bent to accommodate one of their own.

    Reverend tweed was on the island and the people’s campaign was formed while stakeholders including the union revised and agreed on immigration policy and procedures were implemented and enforced to ensure equitable procedures are applied to all applications. During this time they never requested special consideration got religious entities.

    But now they are frying foul because the civil service is enforcing the policy they helped to Wright. And stating now that religious entities should have special accommodation.

    So confused.

    If ok for reverend tweed why didn’t everyone protest when the other ministers work permits were not renewed and reassigned overseas, yes believe it or not reverend tweed us not the first.?

    Where were the protests when the us cracked down on their immigration policies and ame ministers were sent back home?

    Where is the out cry for the ame ministers who do not have a church and are co pastors as there are not enough churches in Bermuda?

    Lastly where is the statement from the presiding elders who was responsible for submitting the application? For those if you who don’t know ame ministers are assigned by the elder not St Paul officers. So a statement from the officers, if which reverend tried is chair, IMHO is mute and self-serving.

    Theses are my question and I hope union members take note and ask these question and get quantified answers and not emotional rhetoric.

    MHO

    • Infidelguy says:

      You raise very good points.

      If Rev. Tweed and St. Paul’s AME church want people to get on their side of the issue, they need to release the letter that immigration sent to Rev. Tweed with the details outlining their refusal to renew his work permit. If they refuse to divulge those details, I can only assume that immigration had just cause for their actions.

    • mB says:

      I think the point is if they advertise they will get a Bdn applicant…
      It’s crazy because he was married to a bermudian and father is bermudian, why is there no pathway to status for him?

  33. Infidelguy says:

    Why don’t all of those bible believing church folk simply pick up their bibles and turn to Romans 13 to seek a resolution for this impasse.

    Here is what the “holy” bible says:

    “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be, are ordained of God.”

    This is basically saying that the government that is currently installed, is there because their “god” placed them there!

    I’m not saying I believe this, but if they truly believe that “god” has the last word on everything….there you have it!!

  34. whatever says:

    Quelle surprise. No disruption last week because they wouldn’t have inconvenienced enough people, so they saved it for the new year. Selfish ****s.

  35. St George's Girl says:

    Wondering when the OBA will grow a set and stand up to the unelected minority that seems to be intent on running Bermuda into the ground. If Bermy was big enough to warrant a place on the world news stage, Trump would be off the front page with this ongoing nonsense. Sad times.

  36. DJO says:

    if he was any good he would have a congregation for him but he split his own church

  37. FT says:

    To any lawyer out there. Is there any way I Joe P Public can sue Mr Fuburt , the union or the opposition for IGNORANCE

    • Legalgal says:

      Government will likely go to court for an injunction to require the union member’s to act lawfully. But the law needs to change to ensure transport and eductation are essential servoces and subject to additional requirements before strike action is taken. That apart…vote. Speak out. Other church leaders need to speak out.

    • No Laughing Matter says:

      I’m not a lawyer. Since this is not a union matter, members of the public and businesses should sue the BIU and PC for loss of wages, loss of revenue due to employees not being able to get to work on time.

  38. stunned... says:

    methinks the PLP in cahoots with BIU, Peoples Campaign are playing with fire. the more they oppose every government decision with disruption of services, unruly protests, the more they will invoke political instability. the more they create political instability, the greater the possibility the British Goverment will intervene as it did in the the Turks and Caicos. this outcome will be far from the self-rule and independence that the PLP espouse. clear heads need to prevail.

  39. karen says:

    TOMORROW IS THE CHANCE FOR THE OBA TO PULL THE UNION TO THEIR KNEES THIS IS NOT A UNION MATTER AND THE ISLAND HAS TO PAY THE PRICE OF CHRIS FURBERTS CRAP AND UNION WORKERS. STAND STRONG OBA DON’T BACK DOWN, RIGHT IS RIGHT AND WRONG IS WRONG. ARREST THEM ALL.

  40. John says:

    I am putting my trash out if they don’t pick it up I will boot it up all over the road they will clean it up not me

  41. John says:

    Dunkley needs to grow a set or step down

    • Legalgal says:

      If he caves again he must resign.

    • Truth says:

      I gotta agree with you. I’m embarrassed for him and the OBA – they are looking like spineless jellyfish. GROW A PAIR NOW!

    • bdaboy says:

      I love how it’s Dunkleys fault that the BIU/PLP are selfish, arrogant, stupid and hypocritical.

  42. Hey says:

    These guys had the 28th,29th,& 30th of last week to conduct this “meeting” but they want to wait until children go back to school and workers come off of holiday vacation to interrupt some people’s ONLY method of transportation…

  43. Terry says:

    Almost 100 comments in a such a short period.

    Ah F(70 it.

    Nothing else to do until the buses don’t run tomorrow and then another 200 comments whilst you sit and text and all.

    Good night.

    Some one turn the AC on please………………………………….

  44. Just the Tip says:

    Just a thought, if I fail to show up to work after a holiday my job doesn’t pay me for the holiday or the day I missed. Would this apply to the people who don’t show up tomorrow?

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Interesting question. Somehow I don’t think it applies to those getting a Government paycheck.

      If it does, I don’t think anyone has considered it or if they have, don’t expect it to be applied to them.

      • Starting Point says:

        Failure to show up to work on the day after or just prior to a holiday requires a doctors note. Union rule agreed and approved in the collective agreement.

    • frank says:

      Yes

  45. James H says:

    The lord works in mysterious ways.

  46. Michael says:

    The “Bermudian” children need all the education they can get. They are only hurting there own. Lmao!

    • sage says:

      Do you mean “their” professor?

      • bdaboy says:

        Don’t you mean “…their, professor?”

        Don’t correct grammar if you don’t know how to use punctuation.

  47. CPM says:

    Another furlough day to beef up the island coffers because no work no pay
    Is “big house on the hill Furbert”losing out or just his members
    So now we expect disruption every time a guest workers’s permit renewal is refused-could be a daily event
    But wait, the plp afternoon “show” will be on air to brag about their worldwide coverage of their nonsense

  48. sandgrownan says:

    Make them all redundant and then make them reapply for their jobs and paychecks.

  49. Jo says:

    It will only be in time he will be put in private jet and escorted away after he is making others suffer and loose a days pay to take time off work and look after their children. They escort everyone else who is here illegally what makes him better then them???

  50. Truth says:

    Good riddance tweety

    What kinda Rev promotes hate and teaches ” make bermuda hate again?”

  51. Tre says:

    Chris Furbert. I have spoken to at least 4O BIU members that DO NOT HAVE YOUR BACK HERE BUDDY. You need to be voted out ASAP by your members. Hell I personally can’t find a fri@@in job and you stopping the public transport. You PLP have lost my vote and my entire family do no support you ANYMORE..

  52. John S says:

    The regiment should be mobilised to operate the buses in the short term, anyone not at their place of work should be fired without if a valid medical certificate is not produced. The government has to take a stand or this type of action is going to continue and escalate. Privatise the services thus removing the ability for them to be used to hold the country to ransom, if that is a step too far change all the contracts to zero hours, thus only paid for work actually done.

  53. Y-Gurl says:

    It never takes much for these underworked overpaid clowns to disrupt services that the very people they are inconvenienceing pay for

  54. Bermy says:

    WOW!! STUPID CRAZY!! This shouldn’t be happening in Bermy!…. very sad.

  55. Silence Do Good says:

    I see politricking is afoot. AME does not want Tweed or they would have done what was necessary to keep him. Plain and simple….

    PLP see the opportunity to make this a political football and escalate instability in the country for a immediate election or UK stepping in.

    BIU/PC or better yet Chris Furbert Mr. Axe to Grind upset with losing his bromance calls union out with no labor dispute or workers issues to speak of. BIU/PC Mr. Axe to Grind lumps the airport into the equation for extra punch. None of which has anything to do with BIU or what my beloved union represents.

    OBA can’t renew friends work permit because it is incomplete and no advertising. That would go against the law which opens another can or worms. OBA should not or would not legally address the work stoppage outside of don’t pay them because it will be spun as yet another attack against persons of a certain demographics to insight even more radical behavior and gain more support from those sitting on the fence.

    Former PLP leader openly sighting past history as current sentiment in the community to stir the pot for radical behavior. It would appear that the PLP and BIU have effectively doubled teamed the OBA into a situation where they are F*^%ed if they do and F%$^ed if they don’t as the majority of the community watches to draw reference as who the stronger leadership will be in the next election.

    By the way Mr. Furbert, Rev. Tweed can visit, you can visit him by all means Skype. The bromance will continue.

  56. Just wondering says:

    The opposition is so critical on the way the government is handling education. Why does the the opposition for education blame there colleagues for the interruption in the bus service that might hinder a lot of kids from getting to school,

  57. REALLY?! says:

    143 days, 6 hours and 9 minutes until the 2017 America’s Cup…

  58. REALLY?! says:

    This will be good for the mini bus businesses…. what are their contact details please?

  59. Realist says:

    I’m on the bus listening to a bus driver say she has to return to the garage for a meeting like she has no choice. Are we so ignorant to our collective responsibility? I want to jump up and scream that you don’t have to go to this random meeting! I find it totally mind boggling that there’s no individual sense of right or wrong.

    • ImJustSayin says:

      And they seem to not think for themselves. If they don’t feel it’s the right thing to do, they still do it. SHEEPLE.

  60. fred says:

    On August 5 1981, following the PATCO workers’ refusal to return to work, Reagan fired the 11,345 striking air traffic controllers who had ignored the order,[1][2] and banned them from federal service for life… any questions

    1.)Early, Steve (2006-07-31). “An old lesson still holds for unions”. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-08-15.
    2.)”Unhappy Again”. Time. 1986-10-06. Retrieved 2007-08-15.

  61. bdaexpert says:

    It is bad enough that we have 2 legged rats, please pick up the trash before we have a bunch of 4 legged ones.

  62. aceboy says:

    I see Mr. Furbert is trying to make hay over the ferry contract and seem to be tying this protest to that.

    Just a reminder of a little something Burt said back in 2011:

    “Junior Finance Minister David Burt suggested today that Government should consider privatising some of its services in order to inject “much needed innovation” into the economy.
    He told the Senate candidates for privatisation could include public transport, postal services, waste collection, waste treatment, water and recycling.”

    This was when the PLP were still in power. Now he sings a very different tune on the airport and now the ferries. Will the REAL David Burt please stand up? How can anyone trust these guys?

  63. TGAOTU says:

    PLP and its supporters HATE our island and its heritage! They are trying to BRING IT DOWN and REPLACE IT! You can see it in what they say and do! STOP BRINGING OUR ISLAND DOWN!!!! Anyone who wants to bring our island down does not have the right to call this place home!

    STOP TRYING TO RACE BAIT EVERYTHING LIKE DEVILS and STOP DESTROYING OUR ISLAND! YOU ARE DESTROYERS!!!!!!!!!

  64. TGAOTU says:

    PLP and supporters hate foreigners but they love mr Tweed. Hypocrites!!!!!

  65. turtle says:

    This is embarrassing!!!! I remember perfectly when Many families in Bermuda who they race their kids in the Island and work for decades here where denied the permanent residence in PLP GOVERNMENT! THEY HAD MORE RIGHT TO BE HERE THAN THIS TWEED!. they went trough the hole process in the right way! and PLP denied it to be here!!! So tweed suck it up and go home!
    If immigration give up now, then when will they stop!??? Union go back to work!

    He is not even Bermudian!!!

  66. enough says:

    Of course this ‘meeting’ was never going to end before 11.30-11.45pm. Having ‘workers’ milling about for 90 minutes before the next nonsense ‘meeting’ down the road would have been unseemly with kids, seniors and actual workers stranded and trash littering the streets.
    So, these BIU members will amble down the road and become People’s Campaign members shortly. Hope they brought red t-shirts to put over their W+E shirts; undercover, no one will know it’s the same crowd twice.

  67. aceboy says:

    Now they are blocking Reid Street and some have their children with them.

    It is beyond a joke.

  68. ImJustSayin says:

    All those bus drivers and other Union members don’t have to stop work just because their leaders say so. It’s time they all made their own decisions. This matter doesn’t involve a union member the BIU is only using it’s members as a bargaining tool for the Peoples Campaign.