BIU Calling On Members To Gather On Friday

February 9, 2017 | 149 Comments

“The BIU is calling on its members, certainly members of the public, to be here tomorrow at 8.00am at the Union Square,” Bermuda Industrial Union President Chris Furbert said this afternoon [Feb 9].

This comes as the debate on the Airport Development Concession Act 2016 and the Bermuda Airport Authority Act 2016 is scheduled to take place at the House of Assembly this Friday [Feb 10].

Audio of BIU President Chris Furbert’s press conference this afternoon:

Mr. Furbert said, “On February 10, the House of Parliament is due to debate the airport redevelopment deal, and as a result of that, we’ve had many calls from the public, many calls from our members about tomorrow, concerned about what happened on December 2.

“Today’s press conference is to let members know, those members who are interested and who are totally against the new airport redevelopment deal, and those members of the public who are also totally against the airport redevelopment deal – we’re also asking our sister unions and their members, if they’re against the airport redevelopment deal.”

“The BIU is calling on its members, certainly members of the public, to be here tomorrow at 8.00am at the Union Square,” Mr Furbert added. “And I’m certainly encouraging parents tomorrow to bring their children here with them.”

When asked about public transportation, Mr Furbert said, “I cannot say at this point in time whether any public transportation will be available tomorrow or not.

“We will have an extended General Council meeting further this evening at 5.30pm, and at that point in time a decision will be made about public transportation.”

The police previously said that “in light of information today that indicates public protests may be planned” at the House of Assembly this Friday [Feb 10], they have “established a policing plan.”

“Parliament Street will have barriers down the centre so that traffic can flow on one side and pedestrians can safely congregate on the other,” the police said.

“If more space is required, Reid Street will be closed between the junctions of Court Street and Parliament Street. The police will consider other road closures, if the need arises, based on the actual numbers that might be in attendance on the day.”

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  1. sandgrownan says:

    “And I’m certainly encouraging parents tomorrow to bring their children here with them.”

    Jesus, what a guy.

    • sage says:

      Greater dramatic effect when kids get pepper sprayed I guess.

      • legalgal says:

        They are being used as a “human shield”. Maybe call in Child Protection services? He used the elderly last time and got a result. Shameful exploitation by him and any parents who cow tail to him.

      • OBA one term says:

        Chris I can’t be there 2 marrow because I work for the UBP/OBA but I’ll be at the next election to help vote them out. Oh and sorry for not voting in the 2012 election I stayed home. “those people” are not tricking me. Like they say we can be in charge as long as they tell us what to do.

        • hmmm says:

          Huh, this is just weird.

          If you worked for the OBA, then you would know the huge amount of work , research, and passion they have for all Bermudians, even those that insult them. They want success and opportunity for all.

    • oh dear says:

      Is the BIU accepting responsibility/liability in the event any children are injured? One has to wonder if their Liability Insurance extends to provide such an Indemnity.

      • Liberty Theatre Boycott says:

        Now lets see who the real leader of the PLP is! Surely BURT or someone will see that this is not a good idea and tell parents to send children to school. But we all know that BURT and others don’t have the spine to stand up to Chris.

    • Southampton says:

      If parents bring their children tomorrow, they are not fit to be parents.
      Wake up people.

    • Caroline c says:

      Happy to join a “F… Furbert” protest. Year another illegal, wildcat strike.

    • Lets see if those those who had their little protest against Trump will be present.
      Two Bermudas

      • sandgrownan says:

        Give it a rest, you bitter little man.

      • de fence says:

        Hey Onion, since you are in the inner circle – who is paying for all of these fancy plp internet ads? and what do they expect as payback?

      • hmmm says:

        I went, looked for awhile and then left, where were you Onion Juice?

    • King Jammys says:

      The BIU members should be asking where the audited financials are. That is something to march for.

      • hmmm says:

        I think the Union membership has sent Chris Furburt a clear message. You work for us, we do not work for you.

        I expect him to be voted out. Power gone to his head, he is not in it for the membership, he is in it for CHRIS.

        Asks people to disrupt the island, then when around 100 to 150 show up he belittles the membership and the people of Bermuda and tells them to go to work.

        Who the hell does he think he is Moses !!!!!!

  2. skeptic says:

    How is building a new airport a union issue? Will working conditions improve for unionized staff in a new airport? Will the union collect more dues from the workers building it? Will Union members have more paid hours? What makes this a union issue?

    • Show Me the Money says:

      Union dont care. All he is trying to do is deflect focus away from their financials. Any fight or distraction will do .

    • jt says:

      Not a union matter just like Tweed wasn’t. Perhaps most members will realize it, just like they did with Tweed.

      • Truth says:

        And they did, didn’t they!? Crickets on the Hill today! Give it a rest people!

    • Let's Go Bermuda says:

      PLP #winatallcosts in motion…doesn’t matter that kids miss out on education…Crazy selfish

    • Infidelguy says:

      I agree with you. This is not a issue. This is pure politics in it’s most raw and ugly form! The PLP will stop at nothing to get back into power!

    • Sara says:

      This is the million dollar question! Those of us that have lived in other countries with unions know that this it is very BIZARRE for a union to protest something that has nothing to do with workplace issues. This alone should is a red flag. This has nothing to do with the union and any person that leaves their public service job to go and protest something that has nothing to do with their job/workplace should be fired!

  3. Cow Polly says:

    Mr Furbert is encouraging parents to take their children out of school to protest a matter that has nothing to do with the Union? WTF!

    • Irresponsible behaviour by Mr. Furbert says:

      Children should not be brought into this very misguided event.

      Shame on the leader of the Union for denegrating the very concept and philosohpy of what Unions stand for in respect of workers rights.

      This is a step way out of line.

      Plus–you diminish your importance in the eyes of a broader Bermuda and the world with such action.

      I sure hope that BIU members that will benefit from construction projects will see this for what it is and reject the call.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      Mr. Furbert doesn’t believe children should get an education so they can learn to formulate their own opinions from reasoned debate, instead he believes they should have their education interrupted as much as possible to make it easier to indoctrinate them into what he believes they should believe.

    • Caroline says:

      They might as well. What he is doing to the island they won’t need an education.

  4. Tom 1 says:

    One again the airport is not a union matter! If god came down and told you this was a good deal for Bermuda you still would not be happy. At the end of the day, its not about the deal you are concerned about, its the party who’s name is on it.

  5. Long Bay Trading Co. says:

    AND………….there you have it folks!!
    Right on schedule……….

  6. JohnBoy says:

    Here we go again. Fasten your seatbelts folks!

  7. Show Me the Money says:

    Are you going to pay the membership this time. You asked membership to march against government because they suggested furlow days or reduction in hours / pay. But you have no problem asking those same members to support your own personal agenda? Will BIU pay? Some of the membership have paid the BIU for 25+ years. When was the last time anyone saw a penny from you. Where is the money going or gone. Nobody knows cause you keep tge focus elsewhere.

    Tired of your games. Tweed affair was the last straw for many. It will takes others a bit longer to see right thru you. Soon come…soon come

  8. sonso says:

    It is in-f*****g-credible how much effort is being put into protesting this airport by Butch and Co !

    Unfortunate all that rain this morning couldn’t wait until tomorrow !

  9. Steve Davis says:

    Assemble the lemmings! The Cliff Awaits!

  10. Terry says:

    Here we go again.
    Stupid Furbert has to be in control.
    The Limelight.
    Look what we are doing to save you from the OBA/Oppressive Government.

    It’s all about control.

    Has to be seen doing something for the poor folks.

    Were f_)*ed.

    Stay home folks.
    It’s gonna be a Yettb and Famous day.

    I need a rum.

  11. Skytrain says:

    Wow, last time they positioned seniors at the front of the line. Now he is going to put the school kids in the trenches. How could a responsible parent go along with this man’s plan?
    It’s an airport for heavens sake.Leave the children out of this!

    • Caro says:

      How do we volunteer to be independent observers to testify when the trouble this man is fermenting happens. We need cameras and witness. Using children as pawns is dangerous. He is endangeirng there lives. He has just sunk to a new low.

  12. Joe Bloggs says:

    Asked if he believed MPs should be allowed into the House tomorrow to debate the airport legislation, he replied: “Our position has always been that MPs should have access to the House if they are doing the people’s business. “The airport legislation is not the people’s business because they do not have the people’s mandate for it.”

  13. Trump suppprter says:

    Sure take the kids out of school then they’ll blame the OBA for poor education also.
    Unreal.

  14. Steve Davis says:

    ‘Bring your kids!?’

    Please no more human shields! Please no more innocents thrown into this not knowing what side of the law they are on!

    ‘The Police tried to access the grounds and we prevented them and pushed back’! How this man does not understand that this is against the law is beyond me!!

  15. wahoo says:

    Take your children because that way you can break the law and complain when the police have to restrain you. Bring grandparents and anyone else who is vulnerable also, we can put them on the front lines. Not sure what you are protesting? Oh that doesn’t matter.

  16. Bermudayouth says:

    As a young Bermudian, I am appalled by the behavior of the BIU. I have been following the airport development deal from the start and doing research myself on what the deal will mean for Bermuda, in particular what it will mean for Bermuda’s next generation, and I have come to the conclusion that it will benefit Bermuda on a whole and it is a good deal for Bermuda. That being said, I have tried to put myself in other people’s shoes and I understand the questions raised to the government and why they are being raised, if there was never any questioning of government choices there would be nothing stopping them from making decisions that are bad for Bermuda. I do not believe that the BIU should be encouraging people to take their children out of school to attend these protests. These children, who are not of voting age and have not been able to fully formulate their own views of government and what they want to support, are having views forced onto them by a union. I fully support people going out and protesting and believe that peaceful protests should be encouraged and accepted by all, but don’t believe that it should effect Bermuda’s next generation to be educated. For the next election, the PLP or OBA will have to earn my vote. I am not going to just give it to either of them based on the norms of who I should be voting for or based on who my parents vote for.

    • Jam Bermuda says:

      Well stated!!!!! You rock!

    • RR says:

      There is indeed a less-than-gloomy future for Bermuda if you, a young person, continue to play an active and respectfully vocal role. Your balanced point of view is both healthy and commendable. Kudos to you!

  17. Cedar Stump says:

    “The BIU is calling on its members, certainly members of the public, to be here tomorrow at 8.00am at the Union Square,” Mr Furbert added. “And I’m certainly encouraging parents tomorrow to bring their children here with them.”
    CF [BIU] and Burt [PLP] need old age pensioners and CHILDREN to take the pepper spray now !!!!!!
    Is Tweed going to be there?
    DrEB still calling the shots ?

    • Point boy says:

      Has anyone looked at the weather forecast for tomorrow. Bring a strong umbrella. Still lmao

  18. hmmm says:

    The union already told Furbert that this was not a union matter… IS HE STUPID, or just that arrogant that he doesn’t have to listen to his members.

  19. TimBuc says:

    Shree day weekend!!!

  20. Father Ted says:

    Only in Bermuda would people follow instructions from a union that hasn’t revealed financial statements and a party that can’t account for $800m.

  21. Still Laughing says:

    Mr. Furbert, who are you to encourage parents to take their kids out of school to attend a protest? Unbelievably irresponsible! I remember when the hospital was built and there were LOTS of guest workers on site without much complaint from you so please don’t be a hypocrite. Also, we are not the laughing stock of the world over a new airport – YOU made yourself look idiotic when you threatened the America’s Cup event. I’m sorry but you are making this a personal matter and people are getting really tired of your tirades.

  22. Sandgrownan says:

    Utterly disgusting – “bring your kids”

    Is that so the PLP leadership can hide behind them?

  23. wahoo says:

    Will we also be protesting all past government projects and that bothersome $800M thingy that nobody wants to mention? How about BIU financials? No. Onion Juice say something dude!

  24. Jahstice says:

    Chrissy having another hisay fit!

  25. Jam Bermuda says:

    Local unions and PLP are losing credibility every day! At this rate, I’m 1000% sure that they will lose the next election!

    This stunt is a political suicide! When will they learn that they are not hurting OBA -life goes on for them! But it stops for me and my children! SMH!

    • Micro says:

      I doubt the OBA will see a second term, as unfortunate as that is. I could see there being a push back if the OBA were re-elected.

  26. This is a issue for all Bermudian’s regardless of what some may think, all Bermudians, Black & White.

    Right now if this deal goes through under the terms in which has been put into the current contract, we are the greatest looser’s, but our future generations will suffer even greater.

    Put aside all the bigotry and the name calling and look at it strictly from a economic point of view and see who will be the one’s gaining the most. We are allowing a Parliamentarian to use what so called authority he has to shove this deal down the throats of the tax payers.

    If the Speaker of the house has any common sense tomorrow, the logical thing will be to postpone this discussion in the house tomorrow for another month. Due to all politicians have not yet been given the paperwork needed to discuss the entire contract, according to the opposition leader there are still papers missing, so why is this thing being allowed to be discussed tomorrow.

    Bermudians need to stop being so passive and accepting all the crap that these joker’s are trying to ram down our throats.

    My Personal opinion is a protest at this point is useless and will accomplish nothing, If we the people are serious about this issue and the effect it will have on all of us for years to come, The only answer is the answer these joker’s understand most, (ECONOMICS).

    So what is the solution, very simple, bring them to their knees and the only way to do it, is shut the damn Island down, our fore Father’s and Mother’s endured much to give us what we enjoy today, what will we give as a legacy for all of our Bermudians Citizen’s for all of their Tomorrow’s to come.

    One thing is for sure if this deal goes through, their are those who stand to gain greatly, and I can assure you that it is not the Bermudian people as a whole, but selected folk who stand to gain along with their foreign investors.

    • Trump suppprter says:

      Typical . Why don’t you voice your opinion on.Mr furbert suggesting bring your kids. Voice your opinion.on.that.

      • Ringmaster says:

        Every year, Bermuda pays $150 million in interest only to service the debt created by the PLP. Over 30 years, the time of the airport deal, this is $4.5 billion. Multiples of what the airport will cost. Just think what could be achieved if Bermuda had access to that money, and not foreign bankers. Yet no protest. Why?

        • Awesome point......oops says:

          its just one of those pesky inconvenient truths that doesn’t fit the narrative of slash and burn politics..

      • All you are doing is making sure the plp don’t get in you’ve been lost my vote ya doing good keep it up

    • George says:

      You sound like a spoiled child Duane! You are not going to get your way so you’re going to make damn sure you kick and scream and cry like a baby until someone pays you some attention. Grow up!

    • bluwater says:

      Bigotry? An airport is bigoted?

      • Family Man says:

        All buildings in Bermuda are bigoted. They all have white roofs. Totally racist. Not a single black roof in all of Bermuda.

        Ooops must have been channeling Onion Juice there.

    • Plural not possessive. says:

      Please learn the correct use of the possessive ”apostrophe s’; it is not used to indicate plural nouns. If one’s lengthy statement is to be taken more seriously then please correct your errors. With thanks, a complete grammar nerd.

    • Runner says:

      Shut up. Your PLP mis-management brought this on so suck it up. Have a glass of wine and relax but don’t drive.

    • Earth watch police says:

      Duane you worried about some #uc#***8 missing papers where’s the missing money worry about that.

    • de fence says:

      “Bermudians need to stop being so passive and accepting all the crap that these joker’s are trying to ram down our throats”

      We’ve got 200 protesters who are being anything but passive. Even though 80% of the island is in favour, even though independent experts say it is a good deal for the island, we have a small group of people who would rather run the island into the ground rather than see any success under the OBA.

    • Sorry Duane – your comments about prior issue have no bearing on the issue at hand.

    • PBanks says:

      You start off with “Put aside all the bigotry and the name calling ” then refer to the ruling party as “jokers”. Your argument loses all credibility.

    • Let there be hope says:

      How come you did not PROTEST the Hospital deal???

  27. Whimsical says:

    It’s not a Union Issue BUT it is certainly a People Issue and people have EVERY RIGHT to bring their children along as somewhere down the line this will have an impact on their future…

    • Rumsoak says:

      How about you leave your children in school , and talk to them later around the dinner table.

    • Tom 1 says:

      I think its wrong to make your child’s mind up for them, because you support a certain party or feel a certain way. Let children decide for themselves, wether they agree or disagree on an issue.

  28. Cowpolly says:

    Are they trying to get all the airlines to pull out or something???

  29. little girl says:

    The children will not be seeing history made..only an idiot!

    • Ringmaster says:

      While around 59,000 people go about their business and attend school etc around 100 will try to bring down a democratically elected Government. Nothing to do with the airport, look at the signs that the “protesters” carry. Chase away tourists and IB and nothing is left to pay for anything. Furbert and his friends don’t care about Bermudians.

    • wahoo says:

      I hope so. Suppose you planned a protest and nobody came?

  30. Edmund S says:

    I half-expect to see protest signs that say “No New Jobs” on one side and “Where are the 2000 Jobs” on the other.

  31. Mr. Furbert says:

    You are not doing HM Opposition any good in respect of the upcoming election.

    People are much smarter than you think and have really had a gut full of being spoken down to and being bullied around in little speeches like this one.

    This could really negativly impact the trajectory of the next election and not in a good way….

    Have a Blessed evening to all!

  32. Don'tbeamoron says:

    I really don’t understand the need for an elaborate police plan. Just debate the airport on a Saturday – no one will protest on a day they aren’t supposed to be working! Premier Furbert loves a three day weekend!

  33. O.M.G says:

    I say what a F a**hole sorry I can’t believe this man. Kids really. And all who don’t show up for work fire them. A very angry looking person.

  34. Terry says:

    Irony is if we just stopped taking s..t here and did not turn up at UNION square what would happen.

    Shalom.
    Poor workers.

  35. Doc says:

    Please do not let the stupid comments from people who support the airport deal sway you. People come out tomorrow protest it’s your right to do so.
    Bring your children as well. Its just a bunch of scare tactics.
    Watch more stupid comments from people who don’t care about you or this beautiful island.

    • Zevon says:

      The union don’t care about you or your children. That’s for f ing sure.

    • Children do. It need to be indoctrinated says:

      And sorry but it is recklessly endangering their welfare to have them there should something terrible happen.

      Remember last time and what one MP claimed?? You want your kids around that.

      I think the BTU and every children’s rights organization should be screaming from the rooftops.

      Once again on the world stage thanks to ignorance like this we look like a bunch of idiots.

      Well done Mr Furbert and brilliant folks like you Doc.

      Shameful and our kids deserve so much more.

      Have a blessed evening.

    • U sound stupid really

  36. Brian says:

    The BIU is one of the must reasons to build a new airport

  37. Brian says:

    Lock em up lock em up lock em up !

  38. Cedar Stump says:

    Why is the BIU fighting for a non union issue ? Why is Chris Ferbert not in negotiations with the insurance companies to allow the workers to continue their health insurance policies when they retire?
    Chris Ferbert get out of politics…..you don’t have the smarts.

  39. Onionjuice says:

    I cannot believe all this over a f—– airport.. Damn.. and some people cannot even get there own homes in order.. and now we wonder why the education is not up to par.. ..Damn.. people get on with YOUR lives..

    • legalgal says:

      A tourist’s view recently – they liked the run down, Banana Republic, feel to our airport! Made them feel like they were on some poor, small Caribbean island. We should just throw in a few chickens and save ourselves the trouble. (I know some of our relatives will miss out on their kickbacks, and that may add to the banana republic authenticity tourists might enjoy, but the can do the Bermuda hustle somewhere else.)

  40. Lois Frederick says:

    Chris of course is just paying the piper in return for the millions forgiven by the former plp government from the union from the Berkeley School construction fiasco. It’s his way of saying thank you. At least the ground rules have been set for tomorrow.

  41. Fluffy says:

    Sigh…. Just asking…. Will this affect public transport?? Not looking for any surprises in the morning….

    • Caroline says:

      He is looking to stop public transport. It’s wildcat so element of suprise to effect most disruption. Those affected need to strike back. Although unions tend to be protected at law against civil actions for loss of earnings, taxi fares etc. given that this is not a union issue I don’t see how he and the union members would be protected. Let’s recover our lost earnings, taxi fares etc. He has $800gazillion available to use.

  42. Peter says:

    Does anyone know if anyonesellin fuut punch or coakies at the gomint toma

  43. Send the kids to school says:

    As an educator, I am appalled. We should be saying to our children, stay in school, get your education; you are the future of this country and education is key! Mr. Furbert I ask, what message does this send to our young folks? That it is okay to skip school. I mean it is just one day or two days or a week. Well that is how it normally starts for high school drop outs. Please do share with them as they march that without an education they won’t sit at the board room table as lawyers, accountants or underwriters; but they can sit on a wall. Please parents, send your kids to school.

    • If kids are out of school can you punish the parent? Some places would fine them. Can’5 exclude the kids as they are pawns. Teachers and teacher’s unions need to get the word out. Well said.

    • Gabriel says:

      Methinks Chris missed a few classes in past…

  44. Cowpolly says:

    I just don’t understand why they put so much effort in disrupting the island constantly! If they put all that energy into rebuilding the island we all would be much further then we are now!
    I feel like they want the island to go back to the 40ties and 50ties, so the only way to get of the island is by boat! It will be only a matter of time before the airlines say, we are not flying to a third world country airport anymore until they get their act together!

  45. Hardtalk says:

    I’m just curious, how much does brother Chris get paid? And, how much does his namesake sister Laverne get paid? I’m not a a BIU member but I’m sure any member paying their weekly dues knows the answer to these questions? It’s called ‘freedom of information’
    Every time brother Chris calls for his members to protest and lose their pay, does he also forfeit the equivalent amount of his own pay? It’s called shared sacrifice. United we stand, divided we fall.

    How much money has been paid to the union members who supported brother Chris’s recent protests and demonstrations about a work permit for a non Bermudian, non BIU member? How much money did brother Chris lose from his paycheck?

    FREEDOM OF INFORMATION FOR BIU MEMBERS BROTHER CHRIS! Let’s stop the hypocrisy!

    • 2cents says:

      The man hasn’t filled the last yrs of their audited financials and you think that’s because his house is in order? lol
      THIS IS REALLY WHATS ITS ABOUT…..THE GOVT WILL COME DOWN ON HIM SHORTLY AND HIS MEMBERS WILL SEE THE EMPEROR HAS GOT NO CLOTHES….

  46. Hardtalk says:

    And while I’m at it – how do I know if I’m getting value for money from our elected politicians? Remember, we pay their salaries. Well, step 1, I need to know how much they are getting paid – so that’s okay because the salary of every politician, from the premier down is public information, I just have to compare what they earn with what I earn and ask myself- are they worth it?

    But what if I’m a union member – well the only way I can make a judgement is to compare what they earn with what I earn but there’s the first problem, they won’t tell me what they earn – why not? I thought they worked for me?

    Let’s be honest, most of our politicians are not worth what we pay them, but the good news is we get to fire them every 5 years and they don’t try to convince us us to lose a part of our paycheck every few weeks because they want us to strike for some cause that has nothing to do the job we are paying them to do!

    It’s all about their personal agendas and lust for power and they treat us as mere pawns in their game of thrones. Enough is enough. Show me the numbers brother Chris! Show me and all my bothers the numbers so we can decide if you give us value for money or if we are simply funding your very personal power plays!

  47. Karen says:

    Any responsible, sensible parent will have none of this nonsense and will send their child to school as normal!

  48. Wow says:

    Right! Time to elect a new BIU leader! How very very sad that he’s asking parents to pull their kids out of school for this. New low for him….putting children on the front line of a protest especially on such a sensitive and heated topic and after what transpired on Dec 2. What if Dec 2 repeats itself? Is he and parents willingly putting children in harms way?Shame on those parents who will be taking their child tomorrow.

  49. Alvin Williams says:

    Let the be join; the strong shall carry the weak.

  50. wondering says:

    Strategic Thinking

    The smartest and most effective activists think, plan, and act strategically. Inexperienced activists make the mistake of focusing only on stopping things. Their only action is reaction.

    All they do is maintain the status quo and they actually lose in the long run, because the rules never change and there are all sorts of things they’re not stopping.

    Strategic action is necessary in situations where an opponent blocks the way to an objective. In such cases, smart activists use strategic thinking to identify where an opponent is vulnerable, and then try to figure out how to exploit that vulnerability. They also use strategic thinking to solve problems before they happen, coolly examining the pros and cons of various moves in order to identify the best course of action.

  51. Comfortably numb says:

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for Mike Charles of the BUT to denounce Furbert’s call for children to skip school.

  52. SoFarbie says:

    Mr Furbert needs to remember that taxpayers pay for bus drivers and trash collection to do their jobs,

    • Mary says:

      he is a total embarrassment to Bermuda and our people and definitely not the Looney you want in any government

  53. Wow says:

    To ALL union members- do not allow yourself to be a pawn in Furbert’s game. This like Tweed is not a union issue. Why should you lose a days pay over this? Why allow yourself to suffer financially everytime a strike is called? Again, this is not a union issue! And please do not pull your children out of school.

  54. No Laughing Matter says:

    The airport deal is not a union matter.

    Are you going to have the children, the elderly, those with canes and wheelchairs, out there in the rain tomorrow? Shame on you Mr. Furbert.

    Did you tell your “bouncer”looking bies NOT to block any entrances tomorrow or they will be arrested and jailed?

    You want to talk about transparency, Mr. Furbert? How about the BIU release all its outstanding financial statements? Where is the transparency there, Mr. Furbert?

    Will Mr. Hayward leave his shirt at home this time? You are the leader of the union of civil servants; at least act like a respectable leader.
    You don’t see the leader of the B.U.T. acting the fool. He knows how to lead his union. Learn from him.

  55. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    I was at the theater Boycott in 1959,,,,age 16…………………I was at Belco on the Picket line as a Policeman when the riots broke out.I was there Dec2,,,2016 at the House of Assembly gates.Inshallah I intend to be there tomorrow Dec 10th 2017.at 8.00 am.Weather permitting.Sorry guys ,,,its a family thing,,,,fighting for Freedom ,,,Justice,,,and Equality. Peace.

    • de fence says:

      I take it that this is satire? This project is about bringing our infrastructure into the 21st century. How do you think “Freedom ,,,Justice,,,and Equality. Peace” are compromised by this?

    • spellchecker says:

      Feb 10th 2017*

    • Cupmatch says:

      Dreamer!

    • Father Ted says:

      Come hell or high water?

      Weather permitting!

    • sandgrownan says:

      Weather permitting? A fair weather protester? haha lol

      This isn’t about “justice or peace” – this is about stupid little mean who can’t get their own way or snout in the trough. Stupid little men who ruined this country.

    • aceboy says:

      Weather permitting? lol

    • Enough says:

      What does all of that have to do with an airport? Don’t attempt to make this into something that it completely isnt.

    • Truth says:

      “Weather permitting” Hahahahahahaha HILARIOUS! That’s so typical! Best laugh today!

    • PBanks says:

      If it’s a matter of national importance, you shouldn’t put “weather permitting” as a qualifier.

  56. Will says:

    So he’s calling for a strike even though he never said the words it’s clear as day. so, assuming that this is a wildcat strike, which it will be if biu members pick up the call, I hope they are all fired. Please fire them all.please. oba it’s sad to say that you will not be getting in next election so please just fire them anyway as you are sailing a sinking ship. Let’s not be naive here the oba is not allowed to get in next election so just go down with some dignity (or vengeance) and fire the whole lot of these who want to see the island brought to its knees.

  57. Cupmatch says:

    Nobody will support the plp in the next election because they know the airport is a good deal for Bermuda.

  58. Silence Do Good says:

    Just remember brother Chris, stay in your box when protesting. Encouraging any activity outside of the box designated will result in pepper spray and jail time. Happy protesting.

  59. Fluffy says:

    Just ordered a cab…. Lady tells me police have been at HOA since 1am…. Really???? I understand they may be needed but damn….

  60. Northshore says:

    OBA Build the Airport, get Bermuda into the modern day of doing things and stop “IMMEDIATELY” PAYING UNION DUES TO THE USELESS biu!!!

  61. mark says:

    Docksiders and the beach will do huge business today!

  62. unbelievable says:

    In one sentence concerned about what happened on Dec 2, then states ”parents are encouraged to bring their children’.
    So we take our children out of school to protest on behalf of their parents, and then if their is a repeat of Dec 2 use them as a shield to enable them to bring another argument to the govt which was initiated and the bright idea of those with concerns!!
    And we wonder why we have social issues by standards set by those who are in the public eye….. As parents aren’t we meant to set standards and protect them! What message are we sending out, and some of these children are future union members!

  63. Yummy says:

    Lets see if the BIU refuses to represent future employees of the NEW L F Wade International Airport, because they didn’t support it being built…

  64. 747 Airbus A380 777 etc. says:

    They say ignorance is bliss well Fubutt and followers you must live in utopia BLIND FOLLOWERS

  65. Cow Polly says:

    Well Mr Furbert I guess the silent majority spoke. Now sit down!

  66. Mary says:

    poor Chris couldn’t rope together a couple hundred sheeple to back up his nonsense vote him out vote him out vote him out ….. he has lost the plot …….

  67. Sick of Unions! says:

    The only Union that seems to be paying attention to its workers is the Police Union. They have managed to keep their non paying of insurance contributions intact as well as their over-time hours. That’s something when you look as what other Unions have done or not done. The rest of them seem hell bent on pushing the PLP/Tweed political agenda. While we understand there being no pay increases, what really have these Unions done to improve the lot of its members in the last 8 years? Rumour is rampant that the BIU financial statements are not in order. Members are not compensated by the BIU when they are called out on illegal work stoppages. Where there are areas for improvement like health benefits, the Unions are more in favor of fighting for a non-union member, namely Mr. Tweed,who has paid no money into the Union. How could anyone continue to place their hard earn money in an institution that is not improving work conditions or benefits. I’m sorry, take a look around and ask yourself, are charities doing more for Bermuda and its underprivileged than Unions? The answer is yes, so put your monthly contribution towards a charity and watch how quickly the Unions will get back to what they are paid to do. They are paid to negotiate respectfully, strategically and in the best interests of ALL their members. And by ALL their members, the Unions should exercise a level of impartiality. There are Union members that support the OBA and Union members that support the PLP. Therefore if you are not going to represent your members with impartiality, then stop taking money from all. Have a box that ticks party allegiance for membership! I won’t be giving my money to the Union until I see a leadership that is mature, impartial, strategic and unbiased…and right now that is not Jason Hayward, Mike Charles or Chris Furbert!

  68. Sara says:

    I hope the lack of support shows the PLP that the people can not be fooled!

  69. Janice says:

    I am wondering where my monies are going at BIU why cant we see the financials they need to be transperant themselves first, it all starts at home ,union members we need more professionalism from our leaders

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