Govt: ‘Work Stoppage Or Strike Is Unlawful’

August 27, 2021 | 9 Comments

“As there is no labour dispute any action taken, including any proposed work stoppage or strike is unlawful,” the Government said today.

This statement follows the Bermuda Industrial Union’s [BIU] press conference today where the President reiterated his call for members to gather at Union Square on Monday and Tuesday, which in effect, would be a work stoppage.

In addition to calling for non-essential workers to meet at Union Square, the BIU President Chris Furbert said that as of Mon, August 30th there will be a 21 day notice of industrial action issued for essential services.

A Government spokesperson said, “As there is no labour dispute any action taken, including any proposed work stoppage or strike is unlawful. Section 87 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations [Consolidation] Act makes the position clear.”

Acting Premier Walter Roban said, “Many employers are under pressure, trying to remain open while others have had to shut their business, some temporarily and others permanently.

“Many workers have not worked for months and are barely maintaining themselves and their families as they struggle to cope with the stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic and its many ramifications.

“It is extremely disappointing for the BIU to threaten the people of Bermuda with any form of work stoppage, particularly in the absence of a genuine labour dispute.”

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  1. puzzled says:

    “Labour”?
    We have had labor disputes for years.

    Nothing has changed.
    Irony.

  2. Ringmaster says:

    This should be a good test of the PLP Government refusing to make dock workers “essential services”. This flea will bite hard.

  3. SO IS THE TAX PAYER AGAIN, WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR STOPAGE?? OR DOES THE UNION PAY FOR LOSS WAGES FOR TWO DAYS??

  4. Toodle-oo says:

    Govt: ‘Work Stoppage Or Strike Is Unlawful’

    So what are you going to do about it if it’s unlawful ?

    Nothing !

  5. question mark says:

    my first question is so what’s the difference, half dont work anyway. second will the govt have the goodies to stick to their guns not bend and pursue court action or if possible fire the delinquents

  6. Question says:

    “As there is no labour dispute any action taken, including any proposed work stoppage or strike is unlawful.“

    Who drafts these statements? Two punctuation errors in one sentence.

  7. Southampton says:

    GET RID OF THE BIU. THIS ISLAND NEEDS TO BECOME MORE STABLE AND BACK TO NORMAL. BERMUDA WILL JUST BE HELD BACK BECAUSE OF THESE IDIOTS.

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