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Premier: Expense Reductions Not Fully Reached

Premier: Expense Reductions Not Fully Reached

Cost reduction options both the Unions and Government agree on included suspending the Ag Show for a year, putting a cap on financial assistance, consolidating schools and reducing the travel budget, Finance Minister Bob Richards said today. The Minister also said, “The Unions agreed to accept overtime that is normally paid at double time, at... Read more of this article

Photos & Videos: Third Day Of BTUC March

Photos & Videos: Third Day Of BTUC March

[Updated with videos] For a third straight day yesterday [Jan 28], members of the Bermuda Trade Union Congress marched on Cabinet, with members of the Electricity Supply Trade Union also joining in on the activities. The day’s events at Cabinet ended with Premier Michael Dunkley speaking along with leaders from the various Unions, with the Premier... Read more of this article

“Go To Markets Before The End Of Fiscal Year”

“Go To Markets Before The End Of Fiscal Year”

Finance Minister Bob Richards said Bermuda will have to borrow money again this year, and while the exact amount we will be borrowing is unclear, the Minister did confirm that we will need to “go to the markets before the end of this fiscal year.” In 2013 the Government borrowed $800 million which they said was “anticipated to cover... Read more of this article

Live Updates: Government & Union Dispute

Live Updates: Government & Union Dispute

[Updating on Thursday] The Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] — which is made up of the island’s various trade unions including the BIU, BPSU and BUT — held urgent meetings for all public service employees on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. All public schools will be open today [Thurs, Jan 29], and bus and and ferry service will resume. Summary... Read more of this article

Premier: Govt And BTUC Have Agreed To Meet

Premier: Govt And BTUC Have Agreed To Meet

Premier Michael Dunkley spoke alongside leaders from the Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] this evening [Jan 28], saying that he was “pleased to announce tonight that the Government and the BTUC have agreed to meet to consider these additional cost savings.” Premier Dunkley said, “The last few days have seen us expressing divided... Read more of this article

PLP Leader: ‘Get Back To Negotiating Table’

PLP Leader: ‘Get Back To Negotiating Table’

Opposition Leader Marc Bean has today [Jan 28] called on the Government to “do what is necessary to get back to the negotiating table so that this escalating impasse can come to an end.” This follows three consecutive days of disputes which has resulted in public schools closing, and the suspension of public services including bus and ferry... Read more of this article

Government Issues Labour Dispute Notice

Government Issues Labour Dispute Notice

[Updated] Pursuant to section 4 of the Labour Disputes Act 1992, Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy has declared that a “labour dispute exists between the Government of Bermuda and the following Government Departments and All Ministry Headquarters.” The list of government departments includes Fire Services, Corrections, National Drug... Read more of this article

Minister: ‘Furlough Has Saved Public Sector Jobs’

Minister: ‘Furlough Has Saved Public Sector Jobs’

[Updated] “The furlough has saved a lot of public sector jobs, and that’s the one thing that they’re objecting to,” Finance Minister Bob Richards said at today’s [Jan 27] press conference. Minister Richards added, “The situation, the financial situation that caused us to put the furlough in…hasn’t changed... Read more of this article

BTUC Statement: “We Shall Not Be Moved”

BTUC Statement: “We Shall Not Be Moved”

The Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] has released a statement following two days of meetings and negotiation, saying that they “can no longer trust one iota of this Government’s words” and that they “put the Government on warning – we are on the right side of history and we shall not be moved.” The statement says,... Read more of this article

Five Videos: BTUC Members Gather, Speeches

Five Videos: BTUC Members Gather, Speeches

Huge crowds gathered for meeting called by the Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] yesterday [Jan 26], with the dispute centered around furlough days for government workers. The meeting was called following the a letter being sent from the Ministry of Finance to BTUC 1st Vice President Chris Furbert on Friday [Jan 23] in which the government asked... Read more of this article


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