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Home Affairs Minister Meets With BIU President

Home Affairs Minister Meets With BIU President

This afternoon [June 20] the Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy met with the President of the BIU Chris Furbert and other representatives of the BIU to discuss the labour interruptions this week. This follows a week which saw two instances of industrial action, with bus service temporarily suspended on Tuesday, while ferry services were affected... Read more of this article

Labour Proposal Will Not Be Debated On Friday

Labour Proposal Will Not Be Debated On Friday

The Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy confirmed this evening [Mar 20] that the Labour Relations Amendment Act 2014 will not be debated in the House of Assembly tomorrow. Minister Fahy said, “We believe that it is in the best interest of good industrial relations that we defer tomorrow’s debate of this Bill. It is Government’s intent however... Read more of this article

Roban: Debate Pushback A “Victory for Labour”

Roban: Debate Pushback A “Victory for Labour”

Shadow Home Affairs Minister Walter Roban called the decision to delay the debate on the Labour Law a “victory for Labour and consultation and a defeat of heavy handed government and the restraining of workers rights and intimidation.” Earlier today [Mar 7], Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy — who was joined by BIU President Chris... Read more of this article

Labour Act Will Not Be Debated At This Time

Labour Act Will Not Be Debated At This Time

[Updated] At a press conference today [Mar 7], Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy — who was joined by BIU President Chris Furbert — announced that the Labour Relations Act 1975 will not be debated at this time. This delays immediate action on the 21-day strike notice proposal, however the Minister said it will stay on the Order Papers... Read more of this article

Video: Minister Fahy On Labour Law Proposal

Video: Minister Fahy On Labour Law Proposal

Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy and Premier Craig Cannonier held a press conference this afternoon [Mar 5] to discuss the Government’s proposal to amend the Labour Relations Act 1975. The amendment would make public transportation [ferries and buses] as an essential service, which will then require them to give a 21 day strike notice. Staff from... Read more of this article

Photos/Videos: BIU Members March On House

Photos/Videos: BIU Members March On House

[Updated with videos] Following a meeting this morning [Mar 5] attended by staff from the Department of Public Transportation and Marine & Ports, Union members marched on the House of Assembly to express their displeasure with Government’s proposal to amend the Labour Relations Act 1975. The proposed aim of the Bill is to include public transportation... Read more of this article

Live Blog: BIU Members March On Parliament

Live Blog: BIU Members March On Parliament

[Updated] Staff from the Department of Public Transportation and Marine & Ports are presently having a meeting to discuss the Government’s proposal to make public transportation an essential service. The meeting began at around 11am today [Mar 5], and is scheduled to last until 1pm.The amendment [PDF] to the Labour Relations Act 1975 was... Read more of this article

Minister Addresses Proposed Labour Legislation

Minister Addresses Proposed Labour Legislation

Government is not trying to remove workers ability to strike, but is looking to add public transport as an essential service which requires a 21-day notice period prior to the withdrawal of labour, Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy said this evening [Mar 4]. The amendment [PDF] to the Labour Relations Act 1975 was tabled in the House of Assembly on... Read more of this article

Video: BIU President On Ferry/Bus Law Proposal

Video: BIU President On Ferry/Bus Law Proposal

[Updated] Bermuda Industrial Union [BIU] President Chris Furbert held a press conference today [Mar 4] on the proposed change to the Labour Relations Act that would classify public transport [ferries and buses] as an essential service, which would reduce the ability to strike without notice. Mr. Furbert said the planned amendment [PDF] is “very... Read more of this article

Amendment Proposed For Labour Relations Act

Amendment Proposed For Labour Relations Act

A proposed change to Bermuda’s Labour Relations Act 1975 that would reclassify public transport as an essential service was tabled in the House of Assembly on February 28. The amendment adds public transportation to the list of essential services, and widens the scope which relates to port and dock services, by removing the words “not connected... Read more of this article