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“BPSU Falling Apart,” Says TUC Leader

President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Obie Ferguson recently foreshadowed the end of his union’s major labour rival – The Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) and noted that the once largest labour representative has lost focus of its primary agenda.

Mr. Ferguson who appeared Sunday as a guest on Jones and Company, said in recent months the TUC has seen a spike in its membership from persons who have abandoned the BPSU amid growing frustration with the latter union’s representation which he hinted was inadequate.

“We [The TUC] know what our agenda is,” Mr. Ferguson said. “Our agenda remains a workers agenda. The workers know that we are not about personalities who want to be against the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) or the Free National Movement (FNM) or even against the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) – we are about workers.”

In recent months, there has been outcry from several trade unions against the John Pinder-led BPSU with several bodies threatening to sever ties with the umbrella organisation over concerns of ineffective representation.

“The Ministry of Works [employees] is the beginning of this process,” Mr. Ferguson said. “Environmental Health [employees] is the beginning of this process. We have had 1,100 members of the BPSU join up with us. I predict that the labour movement will once again be a united front – it’s just a matter of time.”

The TUC president also noted that overall workers in the country are unhappy and he added that almost all the labour organisations the TUC represent have voted to strike.

Massive industrial actions, Mr. Ferguson said, will likely take place when the workers deem the timing is right.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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