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Fate of axed BIU executive to be decided at meeting next month

George Scott of the Bermuda Industrial Union (File photograph)

A decision on the future of a senior official at the Bermuda Industrial Union who claimed he was ousted against union rules is to be made next month.

The Royal Gazette understands that a special delegates’ conference of the BIU will discuss the dispute over George Scott, an 18-year veteran of the union and an executive officer who said last year he had been illegally fired by Chris Furbert, the BIU president.

Mr Scott threatened a lawsuit in connection with a letter of dismissal written by Mr Furbert last May.

The letter accused Mr Scott of undermining Mr Furbert’s leadership and seeking to “destabilise the union”.

Mr Scott, who later filed an internal grievance with the union over the sacking, insisted he could only be dismissed through a special delegates’ conference.

He also threatened to sue the BIU and maintained that he retained the position of chief union organiser despite Mr Furbert’s letter of dismissal.

The union’s website still lists Mr Scott as holding the position on the BIU’s ten-member executive board.

The conference, which was gazetted yesterday, was at first scheduled to run today and tomorrow with a large group exemption.

But it is understood to have been postponed until next month to give enough time for health and safety precautions to be met.

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Published January 06, 2022 at 8:54 am (Updated January 06, 2022 at 8:54 am)

Fate of axed BIU executive to be decided at meeting next month

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