BIU To Hold Weekly Protests Starting Sept 13

September 1, 2021

The Bermuda Industrial Union [BIU] said that a “weekly protest will take effect as of the week of September 13″ and “the protest will continue until the Government comes back to the table in good faith to engage in dialogue to reach a fair resolution of this matter.”

BIU TC sept 1 2021

A spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Industrial Union [BIU] membership met yesterday afternoon and a motion was moved that under Section 10: Protection of freedom of assembly and association of the Bermuda Constitution we will exercise our right.

“Under this protection a weekly protest will take effect as of the week of September 13, 2021. The BIU membership will meet at Union Headquarters to protest Section 57 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations [Consolidation] Act 2021.

“We are encouraging our sister unions and all members of the public who believe in justice to join us. We have also been contacted by one of our international affiliates and we will be reaching out to the others for their support.

“The ‘protest day will be announced weekly. The membership has agreed that the protest will continue until the Government comes back to the table in good faith to engage in dialogue to reach a fair resolution of this matter.

“The BIU will also be circulating a petition on this issue and encourage people to sign as a show of solidarity with the Union on its position.

“We have extended the invitation on more than one occasion to the Government to come back to the table and we remain ready and willing to meet with the Government at any time to resolve this issue.”

Video showing some of the BIU gathering & march on August 30th

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  1. Ringmaster says:

    It would seem that the BIU is using the Constitution as a defense so the “workers” get paid. What about the CBA? Of course, everyone knows the CBA only applies to the employer. Private sector taxpayers should withhold a days tax each week.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “It would seem that the BIU is using the Constitution as a defense so the “workers” get paid”

      Misusing the Constitution is more like it … and our Premier has already said that the Constitution will not allow the BIU to have what it wants, so one has to wonder that this rabble rousing is really all about.

  2. puzzled says:

    More garbage.
    More time off and getting paid.
    Wake up Bermuda.
    The end is nigh…..

  3. Hey says:

    Government don’t want to destroy the unions, they want to give all labour the right to vote on things that affect their labour.

    This is labour equality.

    BIU want to marginalize labour. All the money we have given to the BIU and we don’t know where it is.

    How much did your pocket get from the BIU over these days of withdrawn labour? Where is the money ?

  4. question says:

    Can someone in government confirm for us that these strikes always result in the strikers not being paid? Because they’re being paid while doing nothing, the taxpayers should be clearly informed of that disgusting state of affairs.

  5. Poor kids says:

    So, how in the world are children/ workers going to get to school/work?

    • horse n Carriage says:

      well you dont honestly think the union and drivers give a Rats buttabout us they get paid and cf gets his huge paycheck regardless
      i have NEVER seen or even heard any proof that they DONT get paid when on strike illegal as it is for them

  6. Mark says:

    How do we get rid of the BIU? They are ruining our country!

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is absolute lunacy. Chris Furbert must be stopped. The only thing this legislation will do is hold him and other union leaders accountable for thier actions. Ok you want to strike once a week go ahead, the places where you all work will probably function better without you jokers. I certainly hope they won’t be getting paid for this, if so I think it might be time to join everyone else flocking to the UK.

  8. Former Union Member says:

    Chris Furbert and the BIU do NOT run this country. They do NOT represent the majority of the workers in this country. I don’t care if they ‘protest’ till the cows come home. Just don’t pay them. Let the BIU dip into their coffers to support their members. That would be something new. Bermuda has had enough of Chris Furbert’s nonsense.

  9. Philiip says:

    Does this mean no buses on the days they protest ?

  10. Ringmaster says:

    International Business provides around 90% of the Government revenue. They generally don’t care about local political spats unless it affects their business, and then they do because they have shareholders to hold them accountable. This has special impact if Bermuda’s credit ratings are lowered because of “political instability”. Could Bermuda survive with even a 25% hit to 90% of revenue? No. Furbert needs to calm down and see the big picture, not his self ego.

  11. If The government was smart, they would do nothing and let these workers save the government payroll by 20% each week/month, its definitely a win for the tax payers.
    I am willing to bet if the government does stand firm and deduct their pay, the following week after their next payday, the BIU will suddenly see a lot less of them supporting their idiotic ideas!

  12. boo hoo says:

    You must be totally EMBARASSED and feel like crap. Your little ploy was a RESOUNDING FAILURE. Your little power play fell flatter than a pancake. FAILURE. I would like to know BY A SHOW OF HANDS how long you have left. Percentage wise i feel confident in saying your turnout represented less than a single figure percent. Yeah go ahead call on your OVERSEAS sisters unions they should ask WHY when your own local sister unions TURNED THEIR BACKS ON YOU. BYE F and T and Zane

  13. Birdlegs says:

    The BIU always uses the ILO conventions as a bargaining tool. Well our Labour Legislation conforms to them. Do we now have Furbert not wanting to conform? Our legislation protects all workers rights. What Furbert wants is probably a violation of our Constitution. BIU do a better job and nobody will want decertification.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Yes, but this is Bermuda and Bermuda is another world!