Service Interruptions Due To BIU Meeting

November 14, 2017

Some Government services — bus, ferry, garbage collection and post office — will be “temporarily interrupted” tomorrow morning [Nov 15] due to a BIU general membership meeting which is expected to begin at 10am, the Government said this afternoon.

A Government spokesperson said, “Please note that some Government services will be temporarily interrupted tomorrow morning, Wednesday, November 15, 2017, due to the general membership meeting of the Bermuda Industrial Union.

“Anticipated resources effected include bus and ferry services, garbage collection and services from the General Post Office.

“The meeting is expected to begin at 10:00 am and service interruptions can be expected until the meeting has concluded.

“The Government apologizes for any inconvenience to the public.”

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  1. wahoo says:

    Thanks for letting us know BIU will you be discussing the BIU financials?

    • No, they’re gonna discuss if they will get a raise being they have’nt had one in 6 years and prices have been going up every year, but being that O.B.A. claims we made $300 Million for America’s Cup, it should be no problem.

      • Wassup says:

        It would be good to be informed about what they are actually meeting about

        • Rockfish#1and#2 says:

          Now, the PLP just like the OBA will find out who really controls Bermuda!

      • Zevon says:

        They don’t deserve a raise. What makes them so special.

      • wahoo says:

        Well done you never said “de”.

        You never answered the question about the BIU’s financials, I know that they negotiated no raises for workers but what about the dues that the members had to pay and did the accountants and numerous managers/leaders take raises? Do you know how much money is in the BIU’s bank account? It is your money remember. How about you? Did you get a raise?

        There is $300M in circulation on this island that would not have been here so be happy and go get some of it.

        • Jus' Wonderin' says:

          No de because they switch persons typing over de Hall ;)

      • Ringmaster says:

        No one in the Public Sector deserves a raise because those in the private sector haven’t had one either and the private sector pays the taxes. All this will mean is more debt and Bermuda will be tipped into the arms of the IMF. They are ruthless, so get ready for reality.

        • So Government workers dont pay taxes? LMAO
          If it wasnt for Union workers taking action over de last 60 years, private sectors would not be getting the wages they’re getting and they wouldnt have benefits (Holiday pay, sick pay, maternity leave (and for de fathers) and lunch breaks just to name a few.
          Some of you think employers over de years just woke up one morning and said let me be generous and give my workers a liveable wage and benefits, NO!!!!!!!!!!!
          People Sacrificed and suffered so that we today can benefit, and we have to keep sacrificing so our children and grand-children will benefit for years to come.
          So you prefer for employers to keep making a BIG profit margin while giving workers peanuts (thats why some people endorse cheap labour) and prices keep going up!!!!!!!!
          That is de REALITY.

          • Anbu says:

            Want to know another reality there oj. There are too many gov workers. Fire the ones we dont need( all hired under the plp) and you will have enough to give everyone else a raise. Funny how that works huh? But no im guessing you wont go for that considering you yourself are most likely one of the ones we dont need. Too many collect a pay check for doing absolutely nothing. And that my friend is de REALITY !!

            • Ringmaster says:

              OJ. Government workers don’t pay tax. They are paid from tax income so all they do is return excess tax. In fact it would make sense to Government workers net of tax.
              They also receive benefits far in excess of the private sector who pays for them. Bloated pensions, healthcare, sick days and vacation for example. Can’t be fired so have job security. Thousands o jobs have been lost in the private sector yet the public sector suffered none, and is now growing again. Cut 2,000 jobs, which won’t be missed, then the remainder can have a raise. It’s cheaper to put the 2,000 on FA rather than full pay. Welcome to the real world.

      • keyboard says:

        Idiot, racist, fool.

      • Noncents says:

        @ Onion Juice

        When you allow BIU employment numbers to get to an unsustainable level, raises are out of the question.

      • Look In The mIRROR says:

        Well OnionJuice, here lies your dilemma! If the AC made us the money that the OBA suggested then you AND that the OBA were pointing us in the right direction!

        Or if we didn’t make any money like you and the PLP would like us to believe, well certainly the BIU would understand that we can not afford a raise! Which will you choose to believe.

        • Well after we took a wage freeze and furlough days(in good faith) that saved de Government over $3 Million (which de then Government said they didnt know what it was used for), in good faith I think it would be de right thing to do. And if they dont do de right thing by de PEOPLE we”ll vote their @$$€$ out.

          • bdaboy says:

            OJ, one of the reasons you’re such a loser with no skills is due to the image you portray. You’re obviously poorly educated, or not at all…I mean, you can’t even communicate your thoughts in print without looking like you have a severe mental handicap.
            You gush with hatred of your fellow Bermudians, you have absolutely nothing to contribute to society, and your anger rules your pathetic life.

  2. Ringmaster says:

    These days no one should notice any difference.

  3. O.B.A. and A.C. go hand in hand…deception and nonsense!!
    Also, The Alan Dunch issue….
    Let us observe to see how far that gets.
    When O.B.A. was in “power”, no disputes,no disagreements from any of them!!!
    Now that the tide and tables are turned, there is so much “feeling” attached to EVERYTHING P.L.P.undertakes!!
    They would need to “find a grip and hang on to it”!!
    Karma is in action here!!

    • keyboard says:


    • wahoo says:

      Wow you just blew a gasket. Who said anything about plp?

    • Noncents says:

      @have some backbone

      Are you really suggesting that it is a good idea for the PLP to fire an apolitical commission and take it over. It amazes me that people on this island forget about what took place between 1998 and 2012. The honorable MP is completely overstepping his power despite what some hack will have you believe.

    • Zevon says:

      It’s amazing how ignorant some people can be. You make it look effortless.

    • aceboy says:

      Indeed. Where IS that going? Why is the Minister so anxious to remove the Commissioner who has questioned the dubious relationships that have arisen. Why do the PLP want to control gaming so badly and don’t want any independent interference?

    • So what about when SpongeBob said take furlough days or else, and when de House got surrounded or de airport protest and de Immigration protest and de march on Government House!!!!!!!!!!
      Tired of O.B.A. fake news.

      • bdaboy says:

        “So what about when…”

        Move on moron, 24 – 12, you “win”…lol

      • aceboy says:

        You jokers are hilarious. Blatant issues going on and you are talking about raises. Jetgate will turn into a PLP “gate” shortly.

    • Skytrain says:

      Snakes don’t have a Backbone…

    • Anbu says:

      Yes karma is in full swing, but not the way u think. Karma will come around to its full effect when all doors are shut in your parties face due to their bold face lies. Its happeming right now for anyone and everyone to see. Keep it up tho. Only you are gonna suffer.

  4. Nana says:

    Yes it is a big problem. That money should be put in a bank account to gain interest for the monies that have been spent and disappeared. Furthermore these meetings should be held in the members time and not during the hours that affect the people who want nothing to do with the Union. Have your meetings after hours. Why should I be subjected to no Buses or Ferries. Not a BIU member nor wish to be. Bunch of rubbish but that’s to be expected.

  5. Point boy says:

    Why have representatives? You want every Tom Dick and Harry to stop work. Again disrupt the public.

    I’m sorry but that is SORRY! Get a clue people.

    The Unions of Bermuda are gonna be her downfall. Take it all till there’s non left.

    • JAYBIRD says:

      The unions won’t be our downfall – they already have been our downfall!

      Union jobs are akin to those ” no show” jobs that are depicted in movies!

  6. Caitlyn says:

    No regard for school kids.

    • Sigh.... says:

      The meeting is at 10:00am…School goes in at 8:30am…..Buses and ferries will be running in order to get the students to school.

    • Look In The mIRROR says:

      No regards for anyone but themselves. This is why for the last 7 years I have refused to support the BIU gas station or any business associated in any way with the union. The BIU is no long a Union about the membership. Its about certain members rise to power! You are telling me that there is no way to have a meeting at any other time? Dual meetings? The reason the gas station is open various times and days is to accommodate the customer. The reason why the government often has town hall meetings on the same subject in different parishes is to be accommodating. However, the BIU can’t find a less disruptive time or day? Sure they can, we all know this is by design. The question should be, why is it that it seems they intentionally hold meetings at the most inconvenient times? What is the true message? Is someone trying to shift the focus away from something else? Someone having a power image struggle?

      Every Unionized business or division has a Union leader / shop steward . Can they not attend the meeting on their behalf, and then report back on their behalf. Or is someone afraid that if you let the membership “talk amongst themselves” they might actually think for themselves.

    • The meeting is 10:00 am, do you know what time school goes in.
      Tic Toc

      • Look In The mIRROR says:

        You just can’t be helped Onion Juice. You just don’t get it, do you? Like they say , you can’t fix stupid. Stupidity is for life.

      • Point boy says:

        Yes get the kids in school. That goes without saying. But you’re saying tough luck to everyone else.

        I don’t understand you O/J. You seem to be quite knowledgeable, but where do you think the money comes from. It sure ain’t the union. It’s from everyone else who works hard. The one who (pays) for bus and Ferry services.

        #No free rides!

    • Make a new plan Stan says:

      It says it starts at 10:00am

    • aceboy says:

      Take a drive past Paget Primary school on Ord Road. It is a disgrace. The place is overgrown with weeds and long tall grass. The road in front of the school is a cracked up mess. If anyone believed the PLP were all about the kids they should go take a look. The first step to get the kids off to a good educational start in life is that they feel pride in their school. I am sure they are just plain embarrassed right now.

  7. Greg says:

    Write them all a AC Cheque they marched well for it

  8. Sage says:

    Shouldn’t the BIU be the ones apologizing? Or is their puppet Government also their spokesman? Drop your trash at Union Square.

  9. Frank says:

    Why Can*t they have the meeting at 7pm

    • DanBDA says:

      That’d cut into all the evening overtime they’re claiming when they’re picking up trash at 9:30-10:00pm!

  10. aceboy says:

    Trash all over the place.

    Thanks BIU…

  11. John says:

    Why shouldn’t these meetings that require participation be held at night?

    • Anbu says:

      Because we’d end up paying them more undeserved overtime. As usual

  12. HereWeGo says:

    If this is such an Important Meeting. Taking it at 5:30 pm wouldn’t be a problem. Bet I bet you it would be a problem though. You will hear ” I have to pick up my child from school or Day Care. ( You didn’t think about how the thousands of kids had to get to school this morning did you???) Or you will hear I have to go to my second job at 5:30 I can’t go. ( You didn’t think about how I got to my FIRST Job this Morning did you???) Listen have your meetings in the evening inconvenience YOURSELVES!!!! Not us other hard working people!!!! SMDH!!! So tired of you guys stoppages!!! You don’t think of nobody else but yourselves clearly not your other hard working brothers and sisters whom have not by the way had a raise either!!!!! Not team players at all !!! SMDH at YOU!!!

  13. HereWeGo says:

    Here we go again!!!! Cheesh you guys. Do you ever think of anyone else but yourselves???!!! Why you can’t have the meeting at 5:30 or even 6pm???? At least we can get to work on time and you can annouce it like yu are doing now and at least we have time to find our way home after work. But I will tell you why you wouldn’t have the meeting later because it would inconvenience YOU GUYS. Right??!!! I hear you all now. ” I have to pick up my kids from Day Care ” or I have to go to my second job. Well did you care abourt how me or my kids are getting to work and Day Care??? Or do you care about how I am getting to my 1st Job???!!! Nope not at all because you all aren’t team players worrying about yourselves. A lot of us haven’t had a raise either. Just SMH at you all

  14. Triangle Drifter says:

    Another wildcat strike & probably getting paid while they are off the job. Bermuda truly is another world.

  15. HereWeGo says:

    I agree 7pm. At least we all get to work and most of us get home. Especially the Seniors and the Students. Have some consideration. Cheesh.

  16. Ouch says:

    Why was it difficult to find anything about this online after the meeting? Resumption of services? What was the meeting called to inform/discuss? Lots of “out of Service” busses heading east around 12.30 or 1.00.

  17. elziv says:

    It’d be excellent to be informed approximately what they may be virtually meeting about