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Minister & BTUC On Labour Tribunal Decision

Minister & BTUC On Labour Tribunal Decision

Both the Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] and Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy have commented on the decision of the Labour Disputes Tribunal. The BTUC said, “The decision of The Labour Disputes Tribunal reflects the fact widely acknowledged throughout our community that the dispute between the Government of Bermuda and the Bermuda Trade... Read more of this article

Opinion Column: Leah Scott On ‘FurloughGate’

Opinion Column: Leah Scott On ‘FurloughGate’

[Opinion column written by OBA MP Leah Scott] Recently history was made – in the days to come, the events surrounding the industrial action, aptly referred to as “Furlough-Gate“, will be remembered by each of us in many different ways, because we all have different perceptions about what happened, why it happened and whether or not it... Read more of this article

Sen. Ball: BTUC & Members Should Reconsider

Sen. Ball: BTUC & Members Should Reconsider

[Opinion column written by OBA Senator Vic Ball] The Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] and its members should reconsider the question of whether to agree to one furlough day per month or make some compromise related to the number of furlough days to be considered by its members. The trouble Bermuda is in is not an issue that should be fought out between... Read more of this article

BTUC Refutes Premier & Minister’s Statements

BTUC Refutes Premier & Minister’s Statements

The Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] said they are “utterly disappointed” by the “accusations” made by Premier Michael Dunkley and Finance Minister Bob Richards yesterday [Jan 29], and have reaffirmed to their members that furlough days “are off the table indefinitely.” This follows after the Premier said “the... Read more of this article

E-Polls: Vote On Suggested Cost Cutting Ideas

E-Polls: Vote On Suggested Cost Cutting Ideas

Suspending the Ag Show for a year, consolidating schools, reducing the travel budget, and putting a cap on financial assistance are all some of the cost reduction proposals that have been agreed to by the Government and the Unions, the Finance Minister said yesterday. The measures — which as described by the Minister would achieve a total savings... Read more of this article

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

Garbage Collection Resumed In West End Today

Garbage Collection Resumed In West End Today

The Waste Management Section of the Ministry of Public Works said that collection crews resumed garbage collection in the West End today [Jan 29] and are expecting to complete collection in the West with assistance from Highways section crews. A spokesperson said, “The Highway crews will also be collecting Christmas trees in the West tomorrow. “Collection... 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

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

Thursday: Buses, Ferries To Run & Schools Open

Thursday: Buses, Ferries To Run & Schools Open

[Updated: Schools will open tomorrow, and buses and ferries will resume service] The Ministry of Education this evening [Jan 28] said they are “happy to report that all public schools are back in session as of Thursday January 29th. Please be advised that classes should be operating as per usual for the remainder of the week.” The Ministry... 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

Ministry Updates Public On Garbage Collection

Ministry Updates Public On Garbage Collection

The Waste Management Section of the Ministry of Public Works is advising the public that while household garbage remains uncollected, the public is encouraged to take household waste, recycling, and bulky items to the Tynes Bay Public Drop Off facility. A spokesperson said, “The Drop Off facility will extend hours until 7.00pm tonight [Jan 28]... 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