BIU backing PLP ‘100 per cent’

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  • BIU president Chris Furbert

    BIU president Chris Furbert

Bermuda Industrial Union has confirmed they are “100 per cent in support of the Progressive Labour Party” ahead of next Tuesday’s General Election.

Claiming the OBA has again ignored labour, the Union believes that over the last five years Government shown “they have no respect for Bermudian workers.”

“We all remember Minister Bob Richards’s letter of January 2015 to the Bermuda Trade Union Congress when he arrogantly dared to give the labour unions an ultimatum regarding furlough days,” said a BIU statement. “Although the unions had tried to assist the government in trying to cut expenses, the unions’ proposal was rejected.

“The OBA government wants to stand on their record and it is a record of broken promises at the expense of the Bermudian people. They brag about paying for a $77 million boat race while hotel workers in several hotels across Bermuda were on layoff including our members at the host hotel for Americas Cup, the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club.

“Now, according to the latest survey, it has been proven that it was not money well spent; it would have been better spent on improving our children’s schools.

“We look at the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on frivolous lawsuits with taxpayers’ money that could have been used to upgrade our seniors’ facilities rather than cutting their grants year after year.

“The OBA government totally ignored a survey that said 75 per cent of Bermudians were not in favour of giving away our airport and land for 35 years. The OBA government did not care as they were so adamant about getting the Airport Deal Bill passed that they crept into the House of Assembly in the wee hours of the morning, hiding from the very people they now want to vote for them.

“It did not matter to them that defenceless seniors and others were pepper-sprayed so they could get what they wanted.

We could list the many broken promises from the OBA’s 2012 platform, but social media and the PLP have pointed that out to the public on numerous occasions over the last months and weeks.

“The Bermuda Industrial Union is urging the voting population to get out and vote on July 18 but most importantly vote PLP.”

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