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CoH labour complaint still unresolved

A complaint made by the Bermuda Public Services Union accusing Hamilton Mayor Graeme Outerbridge and his Council of unfair labour practices against Corporation staff has yet to be resolved, more than a month on.

General Secretary of the Union Ed Ball Jr said that as of January 2, nothing had been heard back from the Department of Labour and Training beyond an acknowledgment of the complaint filed on November 22.

A copy of the BPSU’s complaint letter was leaked to

The Royal Gazette. In it, Mr Ball Jr accused the Corporation bosses of attempting to “vary or nullify” the right of a worker or manager in respect of trade union membership under the Trade Union Act.

Further allegations were made that the Mayor and Council attempted to vary or nullify the rights of workers and managers to belong to the union of their choice, and of executive managers and managers to bargain collectively.

Mr Ball went on to complain that the Mayor and Council “provide ambiguous, varied and mixed instructions to managerial staff contrary to the code of conduct which sets out good governance practices for the employer and employee concerning the day-to-day running of the Corporation”.

He further accused them of failing to honour the spirit of managers’ collective bargaining agreements.

Mr Ball said managers and administrative staff at the Corporation have a “legitimate expectation” that the Mayor and Council will respect the terms and conditions of employment as set out in their collective bargaining agreements.

The letter did not give further details relating to the allegations, and Mr Ball declined to comment when contacted by

The Royal Gazette.

Asked for an update this week, he said there was none to give. However, referring to the change in Government since the complaint was filed, he said: “It’s a new day.

“We will be looking to the new Minister and his staff to make sure labour matters are dealt with as expeditiously as possible. There will be ongoing concerns until the matter is resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.”

Mayor Graeme Outerbridge declined to discuss the issue, saying in an e-mail: “We have no comment. We cannot negotiate through the media.”

Repeated attempts to glean a response from the Department of Labour and Training did not yield a response by press time.

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Published January 07, 2013 at 9:12 am (Updated January 07, 2013 at 9:11 am)

CoH labour complaint still unresolved

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