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‘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

ESTU Express Gratitude For Support Received

ESTU Express Gratitude For Support Received

Following a meeting held last night with the Premier, Ministers, and Ascendant Board members, the Electricity Supply Trade Union [ESTU] have expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support that they have received. ESTU President Donald Lottimore said, “Good day to the people of Bermuda, we, the members of the Electricity Supply Trade Union,... Read more of this article

Premier: ‘A Way Forward Has Been Agreed’

Premier: ‘A Way Forward Has Been Agreed’

[Updated] A meeting held last night with the Premier, Ministers, Electricity Union executive and Ascendant Board “was productive and a way forward has been agreed,” Premier David Burt said this morning. This follows after the Ascendant Group obtained a Supreme Court order  directing ESTU members “to return to their full employment... Read more of this article

Electricity Union: ‘Severity Cannot Be Ignored’

Electricity Union: ‘Severity Cannot Be Ignored’

The ESTU “exhausted all possible avenues in coming to a beneficial solution for all parties involved in this dispute but the response received has placed us into a corner with no other option but to continue with the withdrawal of labour,” the Electricity Supply Trade Union [ESTU] said this evening. This follows after the Ascendant Group... Read more of this article

‘Ascendant Obtained Order From Supreme Court’

‘Ascendant Obtained Order From Supreme Court’

This afternoon [Oct 19] Ascendant “obtained an order from the Supreme Court directing members of the Electricity Supply Trade Union [ESTU] to return to their full employment effective immediately,” the company said. This follows after workers decided earlier today to withdraw labour, with ESTU President Donald Lottimore saying, “Our membership... Read more of this article

‘Ministry Will Work To Achieve Some Resolution’

‘Ministry Will Work To Achieve Some Resolution’

Following today’s withdrawal of labour by Electricity Supply Trade Union members who work at BELCO, Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown confirmed that the Ministry “had been in discussions with the ESTU.” “This dispute has emphasized the importance of the issues at stake and where possible, this Ministry will work to bring the parties... Read more of this article

Updating: BELCO Staff ‘Withdraw Labour’

Updating: BELCO Staff ‘Withdraw Labour’

[Updating] Members of the Electricity Supply Trade Union [ESTU] — who work at BELCO — met this morning [Oct 19] at BIU Headquarters, with the members seen leaving the meeting at around noon today. Earlier this month, BELCO’s parent company Ascendant Group announced the “departure” of four senior executives — Denton Williams, Michael... Read more of this article

‘BELCO Cannot Guarantee Full Electricity Supply’

‘BELCO Cannot Guarantee Full Electricity Supply’

[Updated] “Because of the lack of manpower, and in order to ensure we can operate the plant safely, BELCO cannot guarantee full electricity supply to the island,” the company said today. This follows after workers decided earlier today to withdraw labour, with ESTU President Donald Lottimore saying, “Our membership took a vote and as of... Read more of this article