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BEC Workers Face Pay Cuts

The hundreds of Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) workers, who protested for three days last week, will face administrative action, according to Labour Minister Shane Gibson.

Members of the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) were agitating for the termination of BEC Chairman Leslie Miller and for the reinstatement of two of their colleagues – one who was fired and another who was suspended.

“Nobody can expect not to work and then be paid. It’s like asking you to work and then not paying you,” Minister Gibson told reporters as he headed to Cabinet yesterday.

“Once you work, you are expected to be paid. So once you don’t work then you expect not to be paid.”

Minister Gibson said he could not say how many of the workers would have their pay cut.

“Management accounts for them and pays them. I’m sure that at any given time if a worker does not show up after work and does not call in sick or is not out on vacation – they expect not to be paid. That’s a given,” he said.

“That’s the sacrifice you make when proving your point.”

In a last ditch effort, last week the workers accosted Prime Minister Perry Christie to hear their concerns.

The nation’s chief promised the workers to meet with them and according to BEWU President Stephano Green that meeting took place and went well.

Meantime, Minister Gibson said he hopes tensions between the workers and Mr. Miller have dissipated.

“I think the Bahamian public, every time they look at their light bill at the end of the month, they are very concerned about these high rates of electricity. I met with some of my constituents recently and they say that they are paying more for electricity then it cost them to pay rent. And some say they are paying more for electricity than their mortgage payments,” he said.

“And so I would hope that calm heads would prevail and that BEC would return to some degree of normalcy. I would hate to think they would continue with some kind of tensio

Written by Jones Bahamas

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