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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

Garbage Collection Disrupted Due To Meeting

Garbage Collection Disrupted Due To Meeting

The ongoing Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] meetings have lead to a disruption in household garbage collection the Ministry of Public Works said today [Jan 27], and they have encouraging the public to take their waste to the Tynes Bay Public Drop Off. A Ministry of Public Works spokesperson said, “The Waste Management Section of the Ministry... Read more of this article

Opinion:  “A Turning Point In Bermudian History”

Opinion: “A Turning Point In Bermudian History”

[Opinion column written by Chris Famous] “People get ready, there’s a train comin’. You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board” – Curtis Mayfield Monday January 26, 2015 will be marked in history as a turning point in Bermudian history. 5,000 Bermudians of every age ethnicity gender and profession converged... 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

Premier Extends Apology To BTUC Leadership

Premier Extends Apology To BTUC Leadership

[Updated] Acknowledging the delayed start of this afternoon’s joint Government/Union meeting, Premier Michael Dunkley this evening [Jan 26] extended an apology to the leadership of the Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC]. Earlier today, BPSU President Jason Hayward said, “Government was supposed to meet us at 3pm, they asked for an extension to... Read more of this article

BTUC Calls Another Meeting For 9am Tomorrow

BTUC Calls Another Meeting For 9am Tomorrow

[Updated with video] Following today’s gathering by members of the Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC], all public service employees are being asked report to the BIU at 9.00am tomorrow morning [Jan 27]. Speaking to Bernews this evening, BPSU President Jason Hayward said,”Unfortunately we have to inform the members of public service that... Read more of this article

Govt To Assume Stewardship Over CoH Again

Govt To Assume Stewardship Over CoH Again

[Updated with video] Saying he has “grave concerns” about the Corporation of Hamilton‘s ability to perform its functions, Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy said the Government will assume stewardship over the Corporation, marking the second time this has occurred. This follows after five members of the City Council signed a letter... Read more of this article

Photos, Videos: BTUC Union Members Gathering

Photos, Videos: BTUC Union Members Gathering

[Updated with videos & more photos] A massive crowd consisting of members from the Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] gathered at Union Square this morning [Jan 26] after an emergency meeting was called for public service employees in reference to the furlough day. Quick video just showing the crowds that gathered todayThe meeting began at 10.00am... Read more of this article

Full Text: Ministry of Finance Letter To BTUC

Full Text: Ministry of Finance Letter To BTUC

The full text of a letter sent by the Ministry of Finance to the Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC], on Friday [Jan 23]  has been revealed, with the letter saying if the BTUC “are unable to agree to continue the furlough, the Government will be forced to take steps to achieve the necessary reductions in expenditures” which “could... Read more of this article


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