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OBA chairman calls union boss’ jobs comments ‘nonsense’

Claims that One Bermuda Alliance is strategising to keep the Island in recession have been described as “nonsense” by party chairman Michael Fahy.

Trade union boss Maynard Dill said that the party was conspiring with business leaders to maintain a poor economy for political reasons.

“Quite apart from the fact that Mr Dill’s suggestion is almost as far off-base as saying George Bush blew up the World Trade Center so he could blame Osama bin Laden, it must be obvious to everybody in the Country, except Mr Dill, that the PLP is doing a wonderful job of screwing up the economy without any help at all,” Mr Fahy said.

Mr Dill’s comments came as the Bermuda Trade Union Congress called for regular dialogue between unions, employers and Government to stave off unrest following disputes across several sectors.

“Economic history has taught us that through recessionary times the answer to our problem is employment and job creation,” said Mr Dill, a past president of the BTUC.

“Yet in Bermuda we seem to be shooting ourselves in the foot with redundancies after redundancies after redundancies. Either these folks are serious about economic recovery or is this a political game? What’s going on?

“The onus must be on the employers. The economic times were created by the employers, but we are willing to sit down and work with them.

“We all know between now and whenever the election is called: are the players in this game, the business leaders of this Country, playing along with the Opposition, so they can credit the present Government with the current economic conditions by creating redundancies, thereby keeping us in recession, rather than help us grow out of it?”

The comments show Mr Dill’s lack of understanding about the issues facing Bermuda, Mr Fahy said.

“If Mr Dill really believes what he says I suppose he could always vote for us in the next election to bring us back from the brink.

“It is clear this is the kind of nonsense that will be spewed at the next election. It is time for Bermudians to stand up and call nonsense as it is nonsense.

“[OBA Finance Minister] Bob Richards has repeatedly explained what the problems are. He has given solutions and the OBA will continue to do so.

“We are ready and willing to put Bermuda first before our own selfish interests. We just need to be given that chance.”

OBA chairman Michael Fahy

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Published September 08, 2011 at 9:39 am (Updated September 08, 2011 at 9:40 am)

OBA chairman calls union boss’ jobs comments ‘nonsense’

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