BELCO Advise Of Possible Power Outages

October 6, 2018

BELCO advised that “due to ongoing industrial action at the Company, there is a possibility that customers may experience power outages.”

A spokesperson said, “Bermuda Electric Light Company [BELCO] this morning advised the public that, due to ongoing industrial action at the Company, there is a possibility that customers may experience power outages.

“The safety of our staff is our primary concern at BELCO. There are always staff at the plant to monitor the engines and, if necessary, perform emergency shut downs.

“However, due to the current work to rule action, and starting this weekend, the Company will not have adequate resources to both operate the plant and respond to issues on the network and our customers might experience prolonged outages.

“The Company will continue to provide updates through local media channels as well as on social media on the BELCO Facebook page. BELCO Management and staff thank customers for their understanding and patience at this time.”

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  1. 2 Bermudas says:

    De island runs on Burtcoin and titty milk anyways!! Ha ha ha!!

  2. tina says:

    why should we the public have to suffer? The person responsible for this turn HIS lights off not ours. i’m all for taking a strike & doing whats necessary.

    • LaV says:

      ” The person responsible for this turn HIS lights off not ours”

      I agree, all union members should have their power selectively turned off.

  3. aceboy says:


    A strike in support of executives. Two of whom retired and the other two got redundancy packages.

    What a strange place this is becoming.

  4. Family Man says:

    “our customers might experience prolonged outages”

    That’s going to help restore business confidence – NOT.

    OJ or one of his clones wil pop up any minute and say – “It’s not as bad as in xxxx country so don’t know what you’re complaining about.” But that seems to be the plp’s goal, to make as us as bad as xxx whether it’s education, public transport, health, cost of living, job prospects, electricity supply, whatever. They’ve got a good start so far.

  5. LaV says:

    It’s the milkmans fault…and titty milk…it’s never the fault of the plp.

    That should cover OJs post.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      You left out 400 years of free labor and the residual cruelty and oppression and inequalities and oligarchy ..
      And don’t forget .. LMAO

      • mixitup says:

        Are you attempting to run a joke on the brutal history of the majority of this populace, inflicted by a so-called ‘civil’ minority? Please save this person from themself and remove this insult of a post.

        • Toodle-oo says:

          Just as I do for OJ I’ll get a big box of Kleenex out for you too .

  6. eyes wide open says:

    How to destroy a Country in one easy lesson,
    Smash the Power.

  7. Jt says:

    Ha ha. Go for it. Public will be behind you I’m sure.

  8. voltage says:

    Can the Ascendant Chairman, Board and shareholders step in and step up here. You have approved all the operational policies being implemented here. How about a little AC35 magic here Mr. Durhager.

    This is an outrageous situation and a PR nightmare for you and Bermuda. The BELCO CEO has created this ill will in our Bermuda community and we are at risk of another self inflicted outage.

    • question says:

      Er, no. The union created this. Which is why most of us hate their guts.

      • Fed Up says:

        Belco has their own union nothing to do with BIU unless they need assistance.

    • Truth be told says:

      Maybe we should have given them that 1 work permit they wanted.

    • Shareholders need to take action says:

      And the action needed is a new Board of Directors who are paid enormous stipends. I know the new CEO is a buddy but look at what happened to the share price at WestJet immediately before he resigned! All public knowledge/ While you are at it, a look at the executive incentive accrual on the last set of financial statements might shed some light and help to get to the real stories here. The union is not at fault this time around!!! The shareholders need to take action. The plant is fully staffed this is PR at its worst or best depending on your point of view.

      • Fed Up says:

        Yasss! Someone else see the underhanded stuff Durfy is doing.

  9. Fed Up says:

    All this is a scare tactic. Durfy and the directors want customers to be worried. BELCO staff have gone with the work to rule until all parties are able to sit and negotiate.
    When are we as a people going to stop complaining because we are only worried about how it affects us. Many are complaining of lights going off, rates going up, lazy workers etc. How many of us can do the work these men do daily?
    Durfy “forced out” Denton and Zehena-two executives that fought for the rights of the workers.Negotiations were in the process of taking place. Read between the lines. You stand up to him or challenge him -you are so much as gone. He did this to manipulate the new ESTU leaders-so they have approached BIU and the TUC for assistance.
    Workers at Belco have low morale. No pay raises/bonuses (for over 5yrs), insurance dropped to a lower scale unless your management.
    Denton was next to succeed Durfy as CEO-do you seriously believe someone that has worked there way up through the company would leave.
    Durfy has been undermining immigration laws for some time now. Re-wording or combining two jobs into one so he can have his cronies/buddies from outside get these top positions. Look at Robert Schaefer-CFO-he came from a former company that Durfy was tied too.Look at others he is trying to bring here and displace more Bermudians.
    Durfy says these redundacies are to help lower rates. Not true. They have no real intention of lowering rates as that means less profit for themselves.

    • Ummm says:

      Ok ok… so.. when the engine operators are understaffed and required to work overtime to run the engines on a normal basis and then the union does a work to rule thing so they are not allowed to work, then what? What happens is you turn those engines off…this isn’t a scare tactic, its a case of the scenario.

      • Fed Up says:

        People are working their normal shift of 8 to 4, 8 to 5, or 8 to 8. This includes operators. Workers are on duty but just no overtime.

        • Kevin says:

          Really lets see how many call in sick to create the staff shortages don’t be an ostrich the Unions know how to play the game the problem is …we have allowed them to be in this position …one day we will close the gate and then get the horses back in the paddock ( not meant to be degrading just a para phrase. The unions need to be used for the progression of labour and not to hold our country at ransom to get what they want they want no matter what it is.

    • Trott says:

      Thankyou for this statement. This is the TRUTH

    • aceboy says:

      Do you support the PLP bringing in a UK civil rights QC to fight the same sex marriage appeal? What about the Bermudian lawyers who they have overlooked?

      I haven’t seen your outrage at that.

      • Acegurl says:

        So true! Every time there is a major legal battle in some circles in flies Jerome. Never a word about that job advert. So demeaning to local criminal lawyers. Also never a word about who pays his QC fees.

  10. Fed Up says:

    Watch for further development. Ascendant just applied for planning permission to turn a warehouse into a showroom to sell Volkswagon cars. Does this sound like a company trying to lower rates or boost there profit. What power company do you know of that sells car?

  11. George says:

    Is management upping the ante here? Staff, don’t get intimidated!

  12. Jus' Askin' says:

    Popcorn and ‘Sugar Free’ Carbonated Beverage is READY :-D

    Truly amazing how ‘Guests’ can come into YOUR House and totally disrespect YOU

    TIME for NEW Alternatives for OUR POWER needs ;-) ;-)

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Decades ago you with all your lip and baseless accusations as to how much the hotels were making were challenged to pool your resources and open a few real ‘Bermudian’ hotels and show us how it’s done.
      Not a single person did , but you instead took your money and bought real estate down south , in Atlanta and ‘Jersey’ and Orlando ,even in Africa !
      Guess what ? We know why you won’t invest in your own island . Do you want me to tell you why ?

  13. Me says:

    The cracks are starting to appear with the downward spiral of this island under a government that has no clue fasten yiur seat belts it will get worse the credit card is still smoking hot but dont talk about that blockchain will make only one man rich the promise of a bitcoin is the start of greedy minds

  14. Hair says:

    I would have thought that BELCO is an essential service, so can’t threaten power outages due to industrial actions…Keeping my candle burning!!

  15. Imjustsaying says:

    Power outages, is the Hamster on work to rule as well.