Premier David Burt Responds To BIU President

August 23, 2021 | 9 Comments

“The right of working people to withdraw their Labour as a means by which to demonstrate the seriousness of any issue is unassailable,” Premier David Burt said in a letter to the BIU President adding that in his view “this is not one of those issues. ”

In the letter to the BIU President, Premier David Burt said, “I have received your letter of 19th August. I confess that I am disappointed in its contents on two fronts. Firstly, that it is based on a false premise which I have taken the time to explain to both the General Council and you on several occasions, most recently just this week.

“Secondly, the very personal nature of this attack confirms to me that this has very little to do with the legislation and far more to do with internal politics of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party. Using such a false premise in this way does a disservice to our respective organizations whose common history is a roll call of advancement for the workers of this country.

“The right of working people to withdraw their Labour as a means by which to demonstrate the seriousness of any issue is unassailable. I support it. In my view however, this is not one of those issues. A law that mirrors the exact provisions as the law brought into force in 2000 by the first PLP Government, and that has been unchanged in 21 years, is not a reason to withdraw labour.

“And, I am saddened that the Bermuda Industrial Union General Council under your leadership would use this manufactured issue as a pretext to launch a political attack on myself and the Minister of Labour – young men who have answered the call of leadership.”

The full letter follows below [PDF here]

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  1. Dunn juice says:

    Awe looking for sympathy sir.
    There’s a fine line between confidence and cockiness you’ve been long crossed the bridge

  2. Ringmaster says:

    This is the time the PLP as the elected Government needs to stand firm. The BIU is using bully tactics on an issue that is so ridiculous. Have a strike, I doubt there will be little support after the chaos of Covid 19 and the financial damage caused to its members. Furbert needs to show he is pro Bermuda and workers, which clearly he is not. He needs to go.

  3. dont buckle says:

    thought there was a ulterior motive.m i wonder if the DR is pulling union strings now. God help the world if Furbutt ever gets into politics

  4. Observer says:

    Gag me with a spoon! Your salary and lifestyle are in jeopardy Mr Burt.

  5. puzzled says:

    “Yours in brotherhood”.


  6. Enough is Enough says:

    This is not a matter to shut the Country down for. The conditions have not changed, if you pay dues, you have a vote. Point blank!

  7. Joe Bloggs says:

    Why no picture of our Premier in his trademark green tie to accompany this article?

  8. Rob says:

    Furbert has to go.

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