BIU Meeting: Bus & Ferry Services Suspended

October 2, 2017

[Updated] Due to a BIU meeting tomorrow morning [Oct 3] bus and ferry services are “expected to be suspended for the period between 9.45am and 12.30pm,” the Transport Ministry said this evening.

A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Transport and Regulatory Affairs would like to advise the public that because of a general meeting of the members of the Bermuda Industrial Union tomorrow morning, Tuesday October 3, bus and ferry services are expected to be suspended for the period between 9.45am and 12.30pm.

“The Ministry apologises for the inconvenience to the public.”

Update October 3, 9.45am: The Ministry of Transport and Regulatory Affairs said they “would like to remind the public that because of a general meeting of the members of the Bermuda Industrial Union this morning, Tuesday October 3, bus and ferry services are expected to be suspended for the period between 9.45am and 12.30pm. The Ministry apologises for the inconvenience to the public.”

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  1. Real Onion says:

    After all these years of causing mayhem to Bermudians and Tourists you would think Bermuda had learnt by now not to do these stupid meetings like this,2 meetings with half the drivers left on the roads would be better.
    But NO!,sadly every Government has caved in to this rogue union.

    On 2nd thoughts,half the drivers left on the road idea would require another meeting to decide who goes to the 1st meeting.

    ….Oh,hmmmmm,then another meeting to decide which half,torso and head or torso and legs.

    • Onion Juice says:

      Just look at it like a store taking inventory, even though stores are closed all day, this is for a couple of hours.
      Get over it.

      • Cremated the Economy First Time - Second time lucky says:

        If the 24/7 gas station closed at midnight for 4hours and I needed gas PROBLEM.

        All gas stations close for 4hours, last minute PROBLEM.

        All banks close last minute for 4hours PROBLEM.

        All Pharmacies close for 4 hours last minute, PROBLEM.

        ALL MINI BUSSES stop running last minute for 4hours PROBLEM.


        Try and at least act Bermudian. We got each other’s back. (Most of da time)

        • Real Onion says:

          NO we do NOT have each other’s back!
          Bermudians have changed over the years to a very greedy,selfish know-it-all bunch of lazy people that think the world owes them.

        • Onion Juice says:

          And if All pigs had wings they would probably fly.

      • Micro says:

        Stores are private parties that the public doesn’t rely on to get to school, work, appointments, job interviews etc etc.

        If a store is closed, you’d either just go the next day they’re open or go somewhere else. Public transport is an essential service, there’s no reason the entire service needs to attend this meeting at the same time.

      • Real Onion says:

        touched a raw nerve huh!

      • Happy says:

        Here I was thinking this was the kind of thing shop stewards were for. You know representatives of the workers who can speak for their specific concerns. This is also nothing like taking inventory, you actually have to close to do that because you can’t serve customers. This is everyone deciding they need to be off to attend a meeting.

        • Onion Juice says:

          So when ya private or social clubs have a meeting to vote on or make a critical decision is everyone in de same room at one time.

      • Skytrain says:

        OJ woke up on the stupid side of the bed again today.

        • Toodle-oo says:

          In case you hadn’t noticed it yet there’s only one side to his bed

        • Wahoo says:

          That is because the smart side is against the wall.

      • bdaboy says:

        “Get over it.”

        You’re an idiot

  2. Good Job but... says:

    The more things change….the more they stay the same. But dont worry PLP have all tbe answers.

  3. Not truthful says:

    Great. Here we go again.

  4. Ringmaster says:

    Why are services suspended? What is the role of a shop steward? Surely it’s their job to attend the meetings and report back to the members. “Putting people last” is the BIU motto. Locals and visitors. The BIU/PLP elite drive in their fancy cars and SUV’s and don’t care. All they want are the union dues to pay their salaries and expenses.

  5. wahoo says:

    Why don’t you meet on Sunday? Is this about the collision with Spirit? Bus cancellations? Money? Promises broken?


    • Stevie says:

      BIU members to attend a meeting on a Sunday. Oh no that would be an inconvenience to their Sunday plans.

      • Wahoo says:

        Meet after work for crying out loud! Why should we thePEOPLE SUFFER AND PAY while the unions meet to discuss something that will ultimately cost the people aka taxpayers? Unions are too powerful they should be made to collect their own dues not have government collect for them! Finacials please.

  6. Triangle Drifter says:

    I wonder what if the BPS or staff at the emergency department suspended their services? What then? What if the people who keep internet services abandoned their responsibility to go to a meeting? What then?

    • Rogue says:

      Not sure if comparing internet services is the best choice, appreciate your comment, but internet in BDA isn’t exactly a reliable benchmark. :)

  7. Clint Eastwood says:

    Does this seem like a reasonable thing to do, to suspend a country’s entire public transport system while they have a meeting???????????


  8. Clint Eastwood says:

    I hope all the hotels and accommodations relay this message to the guests and tourists, who are definitely not reading Bernews..

  9. Sojourner says:

    A little late in the day to tell the public and tourists to make alternate travel arrangements. Arrogance, incompetence and a lack of regard for the people.

    • Once Upon A Time says:

      And spite.

      So sad.

      Bermuda is losing. Again.

  10. somuchless says:

    I bet no one is gonna march on parliament. Now the plp crew and supporters can blame themselves for this chaos.

  11. time will tell says:

    Just like to take this opportunity for all the voters that voted this current admin back in. Job well done. Now im going block the door at the BIU.
    And the have the island at heart do they!!

    • LOL says:

      You’re a coward! You and the 12 seat oba/UBP circus party are not blocking any doors. Now lay down and shut up.

  12. Hello says:

    Why does this have to be when there are three cruise ships in port?? Didn’t they have a meeting last month as well? What’s up?

  13. Stevie says:

    Where’s the advance notice of the meeting? Hmm. Usual last minute crap again. Have to change my plans to get to town. This is utter bull****. PLP & BIU DON’T CARE!!
    How many of those voted for PLP going to have transport problems today? I bet alot but still stand by the PLP. Stupid.

  14. e. gamble says:

    why don’t the people who use the bus service just Boycott,
    everyone manages to find alternative means when BIU strikes,
    Bermuda is only 21 sq. miles after all, pony shanks like back in the day!

    • Albie says:

      A boycot of any government service achieves exactly nothing.

      They still get paid by us for doing nothing.

  15. flikel says:

    Question. Why must there be significant disruption to public transportation whenever there is a union meeting?
    Can the union simply hold two meetings, perhaps in the morning and in the evening, to prevent disruption to public transport?

    • Stevie says:

      Because the BIU are brainless.

    • Albie says:

      Remember it wasn’t just the biu that called the meeting. The transport ministry agreed to the timing.

      They do not care about the impact on the public and our precious tourists.

      I wonder how many transport members actually attended this oh so very important meeting?

  16. Stevie says:

    Time to get rid of Furbert & the idiots who are in the hierachy in the BIU. Union dues paid for their lifestyle. Time for Tweed to go too. Tweed you are not meant to be involved with BIU if you are A REAL MINISTER OF A CHURCH! That you are not.

  17. Gustav says:

    it is sooooo simple.
    the drivers need an 6 hour working day and 5 hour lunch break ……….