BIU President: “Work To Rule” Has Been Lifted

June 22, 2018

[Updated] Bermuda Industrial Union [BIU] President Chris Furbert confirmed that the “work to rule at the Department of Public Transportation has been lifted effective immediately.”

The bus operators started work to rule last Friday, saying there were 10 to 12 issues that need resolving, and last Thursday they were able to negotiate on a few of those issues to a satisfactory manner, but there still are six to eight issues that need to be sorted out. “One of these issues go back several years now, and the workers have had enough,” Mr Furbert previously said.

The Department of Public Transportation and BIU then met on June 19th, with union leaders then meeting with members of the Bus Operators & Allied Workers Division the following day.

The BIU President confirmed the work to rule was “lifted effective immediately” at 4.30pm this afternoon.

Update 5.26pm: A Government spokesperson said, “The Department of Public Transportation [DPT] and the Bermuda Industrial Union [BIU] have confirmed that the BIU Work To Rule has been lifted.”

Deputy Premier and Minister of Transport and Regulatory Affairs Walter Roban stated, “DPT and the BIU have agreed to commence talks early next week to discuss policy issues that will assist in clarifying work practices, on both sides, going forward.”

“DPT is working around the clock to restore the available fleet of buses to a normal schedule within the next twenty-four hours.“

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  1. Trump supporter says:

    With all the cancelations will seem like it’s still work to rule.
    And hear nothing from minister or burtcoin. Probable traveling for photo ops

    • Let's be Honest says:

      They like to strike during the public holidays because it allows them to hustle two jobs.

  2. Truth is killin’ me... says:

    How nice of you.

  3. Hey says:

    Sounds like BS, lets see if cancellations show up.

  4. Question says:

    Oh great. They’re going back to standing around doing nothing looking at cancelled buses all day. What a relief.

  5. Centralised says:

    What are the issues?

    • Antlee says:

      Exactly! In the BIU press release conference on Tues/Wed, a bus driver had the nerve to say the public should be rallying behind the bus drivers…. Dude we don’t even know what your issues are. Plus, most of us aren’t satisfied with your customer service even when you are working. Asking for public support is laughable. DPT needs to check its drivers’ soft skills. Too often their attitudes are worthless.

  6. Rocky5 says:

    Should have kept going. The Island was just getting used to operating without any bus service.

  7. Southampton says:

    Now maybe we can get on with enjoying a lovely summer.
    Furbert just keep your idiots quiet and stop chasing
    our tourists away.
    I was in Dockyard when the Work to Rule was in progress.
    Every tourist I talked to commented on how this island
    is being taken over by the union. It is terrible.
    It is time the PLP put their foot down on this union.

  8. cpm says:

    Come on Tweed it must be time for a march ,you will have plenty of support from bus drivers who drive non existent buses