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Talks With TUC Making Progress, Says Minister

Talks between the Minister of Labour and representatives from the various trade unions that participated in last week’s mass strike will continue today following a marathon session of discussions between the parties on Saturday.

Labour Minister Shane Gibson confirmed to the Bahama Journal yesterday that he met for hours on Saturday with those representatives and he said the talks are to be productive.

“I don’t want to get into any specifics about what we have been discussing or what agreements we have reached, but I am satisfied with how those talks are going and we expect to be able to make an announcement shortly,” he said. “But I am not prepared to release information piecemeal.”

Some 15,000 members of the TUC executed a long planned and nationwide strike Wednesday after enduring what they said was months of “disrespect and neglect” from the government.

Their actions forced a disruption of operations at Customs and Immigration, the hospital, public clinics, public schools and at the airport.

The union maintained that its workers would remain off the job until a resolution had been reached.

However, Supreme Court Justice Ian Winder placed an injunction on the union’s strike and ordered the members to return to work.

Members of The Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU), The Bahamas Customs And Immigration Allied Workers Union (BCIAWU), The Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers Union (BATCU), the union that represents Morton Salt workers, Kentucky Fried Chicken workers, the Public Managers Union, The Bahamas Public Service Drivers Union, the Educators Managerial Union, The Bahamas Electricity Utility Management Union among others were all on strike last Wednesday.

Calls to TUC President Obie Ferguson went unanswered up to air time.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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