Video: BIU Bus Division And Marine & Ports

September 22, 2021

The Bermuda Industrial Union [BIU] Bus Division and Marine & Ports Division are holding a press conference this afternoon [Sept 22], and we will have additional coverage later on and in the meantime the live video is below.

The island’s public transportation service is currently suspended, with the ferry service having been suspended since yesterday [Sept 21] while the bus service has been suspended since Friday [Sept 17]. Minister of Transport Lawrence Scott held a press conference earlier today on the matter.

Update: A few points made during the press conference are below, we will add more soon

  • They feel the situation is unsafe, with insufficient deep cleaning being done
  • They noted that other places are being shut down due to one case, while they have multiple cases in their departments
  • The Bus Division President Eugene Ball said they have more than 5 positive cases, and over 30 people out due to being close contacts
  • They said this isn’t just about DPT, it’s also about the safety of the entire island
  • They noted cases are really increasing, and said we need to do things better
  • They disputed aspects of the Minister’s comments made earlier today and said they gave ample notice
  • Marine & Ports also confirmed they have had positive cases.

Update: The live broadcast has concluded and the 43-minute replay is below, we removed the original and replaced it with a version with higher audio

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    “Currently, the parties are at an impasse because the Division wants its members to be paid for the period they withdrew service. The Government’s position stands. The Government cannot justify paying when the Division does not comply with the law.”

    Does that mean everyone should get paid by the PLP Government for breaking the law?

  2. puzzled says:

    What a croc o
    News conference.
    No masks.

    Anyone home in Bermuda?
    Everything is shut down but these clowns…….never mind.

  3. Realist says:

    Simply put – No work, No pay. In addition to hurting themselves, they are hurting the public who rely on the transportation system.

  4. wahoo says:

    Right or wrong we don’t have money to pay you with….sorry.

  5. Bs says:

    So I wonder where the union thinks the money to pay these staff should come from whilst they aren’t working ? Maybe out of the taxes taken from the private sector who are forced to send their staff home without pay ? Tell that to the Resturants staff who aren’t getting paid !

  6. struupes says:

    I wonder if they know that many hospital staff have tested positive also, you dont see the rest of the staff refusing to work. DO BETTER GUYS !

  7. Let's Keep It Real says:

    It is time that Government reintroduce Furlough Days to bring this salary conflict to a win-win compromise.

  8. Ringmaster says:

    The Government has to stand firm. What makes these snowflakes so special? It is an unlawful withholding of labor, and no work, no pay. There is no downside as a general strike wouldn’t last more than a week since the BIU has no money to pay its members, and Bermuda is already experiencing what is effectively an unofficial strike.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “the BIU has no money to pay its members”

      What? Where did the money go?

  9. Peggy lue says:

    Stupity, only in Bermuda. In other countries when these bus operators goes on strike, persons are in line waiting to take their jobs. Get rid of them, they are smashing the country.