Employers, Trade Union Congress congratulate the OBA

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The Bermuda Employers Council and the Bermuda Trade Union Congress have congratulated the OBA Government, and joined calls for dialogue.

Keith Jensen, President of the Employers Council, said: “We support the new Government’s intention to form a Tripartite Economic Advisory Council.

“Involving the union and employer representatives to come to grips with our prolonged economic problems, declining real income while carving a road to recovery, can only benefit the Island.”

Mr Jensen said the council supports the OBA’s plan to suspend Work Permit Term Limits, saying they would be happy to be a part of the advisory and consultative process moving forward.

“The BEC Board of Governors believes that Bermuda can rebuild business confidence, compete internationally and attract new investment with swift Government action on economic priorities that will in turn drive employment,” Mr Jensen said.

“We are willing to help the new Government re-establish credibility and professionalism in the eyes of the world as a leading and proactive international business centre.

“Building a future includes a foundation of positive labour relations, respect for the law and resolving disputes without turmoil in our fragile economy.”

In a separate statement, a spokesman for the Bermuda Trade Union Congress said they were also ready to take part in meaningful dialogue.

“Events of recent years have brought unique challenges and hardships to our community,” the spokesman said. “Perhaps none have born this burden more than our workers.

“The OBA promised change, rapid job creation and economic growth. Today, the work to fulfil those promises must begin. The workers of this nation are watching, waiting and willing to participate.

The spokesman said that there are several issues which they hope the Government will address, such as moving Labour Day to May 1 rather than keep it connected to the “legacy of oppression and bloodshed” associated with its current date.

It further seeks revisions to the Employment Act to ensure Agency Shop rights to all workers.

Regarding work permits, the spokesman called on Government to be forthright with any plans given the potential impact on the Bermudian workforce.

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Published Dec 21, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 12:12 am)

Employers, Trade Union Congress congratulate the OBA

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