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Bus and ferry services to be disrupted by union meeting

Public services will be disrupted on Monday morning when Government workers attend a union meeting.

The Bermuda Industrial Union has called on members to attend the 10am meeting so that they can be briefed on the status of negotiations with Government over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The BIU said that public transport services will be run by a skeleton staff during the course of the meeting, which will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on King Street in Hamilton.

A Government spokesman said: “The Department of Public Transportation (DPT) and the Department of Marine and Ports (M&P) have advised that due to a Bermuda Industrial Union meeting scheduled for Monday, May 13 between 10am and 12pm there will be limited bus and ferry services.

“The DPT and M&P will operate a reduced service in order to minimise the impact to the travelling public with full service expected to resume by 1pm.”

This week Government held fresh talks with all three unions that represent staff employed in the public sector in order to negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The previous contract expired in September 2011.

A Government spokesman declined to comment on the progress of the talks, which are at an early stage.

But Bermuda Public Services Union president Kevin Grant said he was hopeful a new settlement could be reached this year.

“We have been given some economic information by the Government, but things are at a very early stage at the moment so I cannot comment in any detail,” Mr Grant said.

“We need to see what sort of plan Government wants to put in place and then we can consider how we can all play a part in getting this country back on its feet.”

Mr Grant said it was essential that businesses, employees, the unions and Government all worked in partnership to improve the economic welfare of the Island.

“I am optimistic, but I know that we have to consider what is realistic, and I think we all have to show some creativity,” he said.

Bus and ferry services will be disrupted on Monday due to a Bermuda Industrial Union meeting, which will brief members on the status of negotiations with Government over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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Published May 11, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm)

Bus and ferry services to be disrupted by union meeting

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