Government-Labor Relationship Still Strong, says Premier

TNN’s Trevor Lindsay caught up with Premier David Burt, JP, MP, shortly after meeting with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) earlier today celebrating International Workers Day.

Premier Burt expressed his gratitude to all union members on the island and the various sacrifices that they have made throughout this pandemic, all for the best interest of Bermuda
and her people.

“ As with any relationship, there are challenges, but at the end of the day, we all know what we are committed to,” Premier Burt said. “ There is no question that the government’s attention has been distracted by the pandemic, but we are moving beyond that now; we have specific issues that need to be addressed which were laid out by the Labor Minister, and we will get them done . . . we are moving through a period of challenge, but there is no doubt that we will move to a better place.”

Premier Burt made it clear that, despite what many might believe, the PLP has not lost its way or amiability with unions and laborers; as this government has cut workers’ taxes to their lowest levels in history, refused to raise prices on fuel, closed a record amount of previously open work permit categories, as well as increased taxes on large business owners. All of those things, in Premier Burt’s opinion, are principles that the PLP were first founded on back in the 1960s.

“ I’m proud to work with our union colleagues, and there is much more that we agree on than disagree on,” he said. “ Any family has their disagreements, but we know the things that we must work on together. We are looking to increase the times where we collaborate and work together to address issues facing the country.”

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