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BUT: ‘Direct Result Of A Lack Of Action By Govt’

BUT: ‘Direct Result Of A Lack Of Action By Govt’

“The situation today is a direct result of a lack of action by Government to address the needs of schools and teachers that we highlighted last week,” President of the Bermuda Union of Teachers Shannon James said, adding that “as I said then, people have just had enough and that has not changed.” His comments follow after the... Read more of this article

Simons: Teachers Need Right Tools, Environment

Simons: Teachers Need Right Tools, Environment

“It is a very sad day when the School Principals and teachers take or threaten industrial action within weeks of each other,” Shadow Minister of Education Cole Simons said, adding that “the BUT is absolutely correct, teachers should have the right tools and the right environment to educate our young people.” Educators have been... Read more of this article

BPSU: School Principals On ‘Work To Rule’

BPSU: School Principals On ‘Work To Rule’

Last month the BPSU, on behalf of School Principals, informed the Ministry of Education that principals had voted to work to rule, and the work to rule continues, with the BPSU noting that “it is essential that the educators be supported by the Ministry of Education in their continuing efforts to improve students’ outcomes and experiences in... Read more of this article

All Teachers At West Pembroke Call In Sick

All Teachers At West Pembroke Call In Sick

[Updated + Written by Don Burgess ] All the teachers at West Pembroke School have called in sick today. This action comes after the teachers decided to work-to-rule on November 21,  and their main concerns listed at that time included: 1. The reinstatement of a lower learning support teacher to support the academic needs in the first three year levels.... Read more of this article

Teachers Union Vote To ‘Take Appropriate Action’

Teachers Union Vote To ‘Take Appropriate Action’

[Updated] “Teachers have voted to take ‘appropriate action’ over a series of issues they say are negatively impacting schools and students,” the Bermuda Union of Teachers [BUT] said today. At a meeting last night, it was agreed that the Bermuda Union of Teachers would write to the Commissioner of Education, the Education Permanent... Read more of this article

‘Elimination Of Violence Against Women Day’

‘Elimination Of Violence Against Women Day’

“On the November 25th, the Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU] joins the rest of the world in support of the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,” BPSU President Jason Hayward said. “The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women issued by the UN General Assembly in 1993 defines violence... Read more of this article

“Amicable Resolution” To Labour Issue At One

“Amicable Resolution” To Labour Issue At One

The BIU and One Communications announced there has been an “amicable resolution” to the industrial action which started on November 15th. The joint statement said, “The Bermuda Industrial Union [BIU] and One Communications [the Company] are pleased to jointly announce an amicable resolution of all matters. One Communications’ staff began... Read more of this article

‘Industrial Action’ At One Communications

‘Industrial Action’ At One Communications

[Updated] After holding a meeting earlier today [Nov 15] at the BIU, some of the One Communications staff said they would be attending a meeting with the Minister of Labour as some “key employees were dismissed from the company.” Mike Jones told Bernews, “There’s been some injustices in the last 12 to 18 months, that have led... Read more of this article

Speech Was ‘Bold, Attainable & Transformative’

Speech Was ‘Bold, Attainable & Transformative’

“The 2018 Throne Speech can be described as bold, attainable and transformative,” the Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] said, adding that it “represented the true ethos of a labour government that is progressive, and provided the key elements required to tackle systemic societal inequalities head-on.”The BTUC said, “It... Read more of this article

Video: Standing Ovation For Ottiwell Simmons

Video: Standing Ovation For Ottiwell Simmons

Ottiwell Simmons, an iconic figure in the island’s labour movement, received a standing ovation after it was announced in the Throne Speech that a building will be named after him “to recognise his unrivaled sacrifice in the service of the labour movement in Bermuda.” As seen in the video below, the announcement was warmly welcomed... Read more of this article

BHB: ‘Industrial Action, Delays In Housekeeping’

BHB: ‘Industrial Action, Delays In Housekeeping’

[Updated] There is “industrial action” which is “resulting in less than the full complement of staff performing their duties,” the Bermuda Hospitals Board has confirmed, adding that “there may be delays in housekeeping services today.” A BHB spokesperson said, “There may be delays in housekeeping services today as irregular... Read more of this article

’100 Years Of Uplifting Spirit Through Solidarity’

’100 Years Of Uplifting Spirit Through Solidarity’

Young people know the solutions to their problems and should be listened to, according to the guest speaker at the Bermuda Union of Teacher’s annual conference. Hundreds of union members packed the Mid-Ocean Amphitheatre at the Fairmont Southampton for the BUT’s 35th conference, Titled ‘United: 100 Years of Uplifting Spirit Through Solidarity’,... Read more of this article

Ottiwell Simmons On BELCO & Union Matter

Ottiwell Simmons On BELCO & Union Matter

[Written by Don Burgess] Former BIU President Ottiwell Simmons said in a public statement “it was by far time now that BELCO management yields to the rights of the working-class people of this country.” He says this harkens back to the 1965 dispute between BELCO management and the workers. The workers of the Electricity Supply Trade Union... Read more of this article