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Staff protest at golf and country club

Staff walked off the job at Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club in protest at the dismissal of a colleague.

About ten employees demonstrated outside the club yesterday, for the second day in a row, carrying placards such as “Workers demand respect” and “Management need to stop violating our collective agreement”.

Bermuda Industrial Union claims Riddell’s Bay management has given no reason for firing food and beverage worker Yvonne Bradshaw.

BIU organiser Louis Somner said any action management takes against Ms Bradshaw can be considered action taken against the union.

“We had about half the staff out there in support of the sister,” Mr Somner told

The Royal Gazette last night.

“This is the area where people have sentiment. We don’t want people to fear about standing up for their rights because there’s a recession.”

Riddell’s Bay general manager Dennis Paul said in a statement: “Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club is currently involved in a labour dispute with the Bermuda Industrial Union regarding a former food and beverage employee who was terminated within the probationary period of employment.

“Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club has a good faith relationship with the Bermuda Industrial Union which has existed for several years and we look forward to resolving this matter in accordance with customary and standard practices.

“We are of course disappointed that certain employees have taken it upon themselves to cease working prior to the completion of the customary grievance procedures.

“However we will continue to meet with the labour relations officer and Bermuda Industrial Union representatives in order to reach a favourable resolution in a timely and satisfactory manner for all parties concerned.”

Golfers play the 18th hole at Riddells Bay Golf Club in Southapton where workers picketed after after a staff member was fired.(Photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published March 09, 2012 at 8:40 am (Updated March 09, 2012 at 8:40 am)

Staff protest at golf and country club

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