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Unions keep wage negotiations private

Bermuda’s unions have signed an agreement of non-disclosure on current wage negotiations, at the request of Government

A Government spokesperson confirmed the agreement to this newspaper.

In a brief statement she said: “All parties have observed a protocol of ‘no comment’ while the discussions are ongoing”, and that this would be the only comment Government will have on the matter “at this stage of things”.

Meanwhile, Bermuda Public Services Union members filled the Seventh Day Adventist Youth Centre yesterday to hear the latest proposal by Government in the wage negotiations.

Reports indicate members were told their employer has proposed a five percent wage cut with additional terms that include one day off, unpaid, each month.

General secretary of the Bermuda Trade Union Congress, Mike Charles, confirmed on Tuesday that “all unions have been asked to hold these meetings” with their memberships “as quickly as possible”.

Other meetings are scheduled to be held within the week by associations representing Bermuda’s prison officers, firefighters and police officers.

A joint statement will be made once all representatives have agreed on the terms of the latest proposal by Government.

(Photo by Akil Simmons) Members of the BPSU gathered at the Seventh Day Adventist Church Hall for their early morning membership meeting yesterday to discuss ongoing negotiations.

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Published July 04, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated July 03, 2013 at 10:58 pm)

Unions keep wage negotiations private

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