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Minister responds to Trade Union Threat

As the trade unions have threatened that repercussions will happen and that they will take action if the government does not step in to resolve the latest dispute, Labour Minister Shane Gibson yesterday said that the Tri-Partite Council of Trade Unions have not sent any recommendations to him for consideration.

“They sit on the council, they know that I am waiting on recommendations,” he said. “All their concerns we are trying to address. Obviously, we know that some concerns are more difficult than others but we will address them all,” he said.

On Wednesday, union heads National Congress of Trade Union President John Pinder and Trade Union Congress President Obie Ferguson threatened the government and asked their members to prepare for war.

Their comments came as they continue to express their frustration with the Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson’s decision to submit a nolle prosequi to end the prosecution of Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort executives.

Executives Sandals General Manager Gary Williams, and another executive, Fritzroy Walker were initially charged with failure or refusal to enter in negotiations contrary to section 45 of the industrial relations act as well as the intimidation of an employee, contrary to section 45 of the industrial relations act and termination of an employee, contrary to section 45 of the industrial relations act.

During a press conference at the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) headquarters, Mr. Pinder said the prime minister should have fired Mrs. Maynard Gibson for her actions.

He further asserted that the attorney general misled the entire Cabinet because Mr. Gibson and the prime minister were blindsided by the move.

Mr. Gibson stated that nothing can be done without proper consultation with all of the stake-holders or partners.




Written by Jones Bahamas

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