The current situation between the Bermuda Industrial Union and the Government will result in a different kind of labor day for not only the B.I.U, but for all Unions on the island, according to Bermuda Public Service Union President Armell Thomas.
“ Because it has been so heated recently, the BPSU will not be at Labor Day and are actually celebrating Labor Day today [ Friday Sep. 3] in reference to our members and our people,” Mr. Thomas said. “ I do not wish to put any of our members in harm’s way, especially after what I saw with the BIU and how they displayed their actions against the Labor Minister and the Deputy Premier.”
Despite disagreeing with the BIU and their position on decertification, Mr. Thomas still acknowledges that they are the BPSU’s sister union and respects their position.
“ If the Trade Union Congress does not have it together, how do you expect the Unions to get it together,” he asked. “ There have been a lot of words, even in reference to the secretary of the Trade Union Congress . . . there has been no meaningful discussion on how Unions feel about decertification. Once we can come together as a unit, then that could be a trickle-down effect throughout the unions.”
“ One particular Union does not and cannot control Labor Day, and they cannot invite or disinvite certain people from their celebrations,” Mr. Thomas continued.
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