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NCTUB Pleased With Gov’t

Officials in the National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas (NCTUB) say while many of their labour-related issues are still unresolved, they are pleased with the way its relationship is progressing with the new government.

The NCTUB, recognised as the voice of labour in the country, revealed Thursday that relations with the new government are progressing steadily and it expects to sit at the negotiating table soon.

NCTUB First Vice-President Theresa Mortimer confirmed that the union’s leadership recently sat down with the newly elected Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson.

“The minister has spoken to the president of the union in a meeting and has asked that we compile a list of all outstanding issues so that the government can begin to tend to them,” she said.

Mrs. Mortimer confirmed that the NCTUB has heeded the minister’s request.

“They have extended their hand to us and so we are now putting together that list of outstanding issues to hand over to the government,” she said.

During the campaign season, quite a number of issues between the government and various unions came to a head.

The Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers Union (BATCU), the Bahamas Customs Immigrations and Allied Workers Union (BCIAWU) and Bahamas Utilities and Service Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU) were all at odds with the outstanding issues with the former government.

During the Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) campaign, PLP Leader Perry Christie pledged his party’s support in working out all outstanding issues if elected as the new government.

The BCIAWU, which was responsible for crippling daily operations at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) for weeks on end, announced Thursday that it has decided to give the new government one month to address its outstanding labour woes.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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