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BIU President Chris Furbert speaks on Project Co Employment Offer. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Project Co, the new company poised to assume operations at LF Wade International Airport, has agreed to union requests after staff raised concerns over a letter of employment sent out earlier this month.

Chris Furbert, the president of the Bermuda Industrial Union, said the September 12 letter from Project Co, which workers had been expected to sign by today, had not offered to carry over their previous years of service at the airport.

The letter had also asked workers to sign before any deal on the new airport had been formally settled with the Bermuda Government.

With meetings at the airport continuing, Mr Furbert said that Project Co had today agreed to drop the September 27 deadline, and would now honour years of service.

Originally workers would have commenced employment for the new entity on or around December 1, Mr Furbert said. Discussions are ongoing.

“A date will be set down — exactly when, I cannot say,” the BIU head added.

The union has been a vocal opponent of the redevelopment deal with Canadian Commercial Corporation and Aecon, its selected contractor, and Mr Furbert said the present negotiations did not imply that the union was now in agreement.