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Premier Cox meets union leaders

Union leaders have been told to be “innovative” when it comes to pay negotiations by the Premier, Paula Cox.

The Royal Gazette understands Ms Cox called the leaders of the Bermuda Public Services Association and the Bermuda Industrial Union to a meeting on Monday to talk about forthcoming negotiations. It is understood

Premier Cox requested the meeting with Bermuda Industrial Union President, Chris Furbert and President of the Bermuda Public Services Union, Kevin Grant. But despite several attempts to get an official comment all three sides were tight-lipped. But it is not unusual for meetings of this nature to be held in the lead up to the budget. BPSU President Mr Grant said: “There is certainly a different climate we are operating in, and it was encouraged and embraced by all parties present that negotiations would have to be more innovative and creative going forward.” On that note, he said: “Both unions are getting ready for negotiations BPSU and BIU are out of contract. No doubt there is a realisation that we all have to be on the same page, I think that was agreeable.” Mr Furbert when contacted said: “No comment.”

Unions have been told to be more innovative when it comes to pay talks. Pictured in this file photo is BIU president Chris Furbert.