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Corporation workers down tools over colleague fined for slapping a girl

Corporation of Hamilton workers downed tools this afternoon in their row over the dismissal of a colleague for slapping a teenaged girl.

Bermuda Industrial Union president Chris Furbert confirmed the action had taken place this afternoon, amid discontent over the sacking of trash collector Michael Pond.

Mr Pond, 43, was fined $2,000 in court after striking the 16-year-old who reportedly abused his mother and told him: “The trash truck stinks and you stink”.

He later lost his job with the Corporation of Hamilton, but was said to have the support of his co-workers.

A Corporation statement this afternoon said: “In response to queries from the media, the City of Hamilton today confirmed that Bermuda Industrial Union members met at union headquarters this morning and returned to work after lunch.”

Acting Chief Operating Officer and Secretary to the City of Hamilton, Gary Edwards said: “The City of Hamilton has not yet received formal communications on this matter and accordingly we cannot comment further.”

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Published August 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm (Updated August 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm)

Corporation workers down tools over colleague fined for slapping a girl

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