Forum: Workers’ Rights in the Workplace

April 29, 2011

The Committee for Migrant Workers will be hosting the first public forum this Tuesday, May 3rd at the Bermuda Industrial Union [BIU] from 5.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The topic will be “Workers’ Rights in the Workplace”.

Following the success of the Migrant Workers’ day in December, the forum hopes to inform both Bermudians and migrant workers of their employment rights according to the Employment Act 2000.

A spokesperson said, “The island has heard of migrant workers who are unaware of their rights being paid $50 for a week’s work. We’ve heard of workers fired for joining a union. It is time to focus on the rights of the Island’s workers and ensure that everyone – Bermudian and foreigner alike – has access to the pertinent information. The forum will explain and explore the minimum standards according to the Employment Act 2000.”

The forum will have various leaders from the island’s organizations on-hand to answer questions, comment on trends and explain how the Employment Act 2000 provides basic rights to all workers.

Panelists include lawyer Larry Scott as moderator, a representative from the BIU, a Labour Department Representative, Catholic Bishop Robert Kurtz, Juliana Snelling Partner at Mello Jones and Martin and the Director of Amnesty International Bermuda, Robyn Skinner.

For more information please contact Louis Somner or George Scott at 292-0044.

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