BIU Pleased That Govt Approved Fairmont SDO

October 26, 2023 | 15 Comments

The Bermuda Industrial Union [BIU] said they are “pleased” that the Government approved the SDO for Fairmont Southampton, saying they “look forward to the project beginning and many displaced workers getting back to work.”

A spokesperson said, “The BIU is pleased to hear that the Government has approved the SDO for Fairmont Southampton. While we understand the concerns of certain groups, there must be a balance between conservation interests and the need for necessary developments to enhance our tourism product and create job opportunities. We believe that the renovation of Fairmont Southampton, and the development of residential units has short-term and long-term benefits to Bermuda.

“In the short term, there will be an increase in construction jobs and this work will require a significant workforce which includes laborers, carpenters, electricians, etc. Additionally, it will bring increased business for local suppliers.

“In the long term, the residential units should provide an increase in occupancy rates which will help sustain the long-term viability of the hotel and the job of its employees. Ms. Border’s statement that ‘Bermuda gets a short-term bump in construction business and some low-paid cleaning jobs’ was an irresponsible and misrepresented statement. We would ask where the Bermuda National Trust’s protest was when the St. Regis Hotel and new airport were erected?

“The addition of these residential units has the potential to increase jobs for property managers, real estate agents, security personnel, concierge services, maintenance workers, housekeepers, food and beverage servers and transportation services.

“We look forward to the project beginning and many displaced workers getting back to work!”

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  1. David says:

    BIU pleased that their labour government awarded generous SDO to the same money-grabbing foreigners who tried to get out of paying *their own union members* the severance payment they were owed?? ????????‍♂️????

  2. 365 says:

    For the BIU to try and deflect by trying to compare this project to St. Regis and the airport is laughable. First of all, nobody was against the hotel opening and renovating or even rebuilding. The Public were against the OVER development, and were wanting the TRUTH behind the details of this deal! You know the same deal that caused the PLP Finance Minister to RESIGN. Come clean! Additionally, the PLP were the FIRST to announce in their election platform the need for a new airport. They just lost the election which is why the OBA built it. Did they use any more land than absolutely necessary? Did we lose any green space? No! Regarding the St. Regis development, BIU please explain your problem with that development. Is their mass overdevelopment?

    Please, just strop trying to deflect. This project is bad for Bermuda. If it wasn’t, Mr. Dickinson would never have resigned, and Burt would not have had the need to make HIMSELF the Minister of Finance! We all know the truth. The BIU higherups only care about potential income from union dues.

  3. Joe Bloggs says:

    The BIU is “pleased” that the PLP Government has sold another piece of Bermuda to foreigners. Ottiwell Simmons must be turning in his grave!

  4. Ringmaster says:

    The only way the SP can get renovated for the budget announced is to follow Jamaica’s example and bring in around 100 Chinese workers. They will get the job done and within a few years. Otherwise it will get to 4 years, the money runs out and a derelict hotel will remain.
    Of course the devil is in the details, but the public knows nothing, not even a start date for the renovations, let alone a finish date. However, Curtis Dickenson saw the details and resigned because of them. Says it all.

  5. More jobs for displaced BORN BERMUDIANS??? YUP!!! Great job!!

    • Hey says:

      Except it won’t be and you know that.

      Under the PLP 500 Bermudians lost their job at the hotel. So far there has been talk of 100 jobs in construction and 57 in hospitality. All this will the PLP giving up tax from all our pockets and a guarantee on debt. This is not a win. This is a massive loss. You go believe the PLP spin if you want, but this is a net negative for Bermudians.

    • Ringmaster says:

      You can keep changing your name but you use the same computer. Years ago you were Betty Trump, but so many nom de plumes since.

  6. sandgrownan says:

    “We would ask where the Bermuda National Trust’s protest was when the St. Regis Hotel and new airport were erected?”

    You would ask that. Because you’re idiots.

  7. Maddog says:

    BIG MISTAKE – it’s another Morgans Point. It’s too much! Renovate yes. Have SOME units yes….the proposed plan is over developing…you are going to destroy Southampton. PLEASE BRING CURTIS DICKINSON BACK – Talk come sense into all you.

  8. I'm just saying says:

    The land grabbing National Trust. Who you cannot trust.

    • Tucker says:

      You clearly don’t know what the Nation Trust is, or for.
      Why reveal your ignorance so willingly?

  9. Lost in space says:

    With regard to the airport contract, if one looks at the disinterested , independent, experienced, internationally renowned bodies that examined the contract, how the hack can you conclude that the opinion of 4 ignorant, political ??? stirers takes preference over the opinions of these experts; Opinions that also included the UK which shut down a similar project in the Caribbean because the contract was detrimental to that island
    This SP contract is outrageous. Only ignorance can be the source of such an agreement. Further, we know little to nothing about the details and what went on behind the scene/under the table. I believe that much took place prior to Gencom purchasing this property and Burt and Co.promised much before any negotiations commenced. Why didn’t Burt put this contract or agreement out for KPMG and other recognized financial institutions to evaluate? Also, no less than 5 other tourist/hotel projects using this process have failed to produce the outcomes agreed to and promised.

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