Updates: People’s Campaign Meetings Day #2

January 4, 2017

[Updating] People gathered for meetings and marched through Hamilton yesterday, with the day ending with plans to return today.

The BIU held a general membership meeting yesterday morning and the People’s Campaign held a meeting at St. Paul AME Centennial Hall in the afternoon, with both meetings called after it was announced that Rev Nicholas Tweed’s work permit would not be renewed.

Last week, Home Affairs Minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin said, “In this particular instance, the applicant failed to comply with rules that were put in place for everyone. As a result, I had no choice but to uphold the previous decision to refuse the new application.”

Speaking at yesterday’s meeting, BIU President Chris Furbert said, “The BIU membership had decided not to return to work until this matter with Rev Tweed and the airport project is resolved.

“What they added to that, was that we need to inform the Government that if these two matters are not resolved, then the America’s Cup will be in jeopardy.

In closing out yesterday’s meeting today, BPSU President Jason Hayward said, “The situation on the ground hasn’t changed for us, it’s business as usual, tomorrow we should plan to meet here for 9am. Until this matter is resolved, we will continue on our mission.”

Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram arrived on the island and met with Premier Michael Dunkley, and the Premier said they “had a full and frank discussion” and he “reviewed the position taken by the Minister of Immigration.”

The Premier said the “reasons for this decision are clear” and “the Government’s position on the matter is therefore unchanged.”

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