January 8, 2013
I am a nurse and I am sure Chris Furbert would be most upset if he came into my department with a pending heart attack and I refused to treat him, saying: “You have a choice, you can either go home and die, or risk crossing a potential picket line.” I will not be treating any further patients ‘till, and I quote, “the ongoing dispute has been settled”. Should I have warned the Board at the hospital that my nurses were not going to treat any further patients ‘till the ongoing dispute is settled? Or should I have let Mr Furbert in and treated his ailment? The public was once again held to ransom. We all know that there are always disputes and differences in the workforce, grievances that have to be dealt with, and the workforce are entitled to air their grievances, but Mr Furbert is irresponsible if he does not encourage his members to a cooling-off period before downing tools overnight without any warning. This should be considered totally unacceptable and if there is a law, use it, and if there is not, then make one, that says anyone that jeopardises Bermudian interests by down tools or striking without a period of waiting and arbitration will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and heavy penalty’s incurred.