Union, City hold talks over terminated employees
City of Hamilton and Bermuda Industrial Union officials emerged from a lengthy meeting yesterday with both sides claiming the talks were productive and that resolutions had been reached. The hastily planned meeting with city management essentially postponed an emergency meeting that was to be held Monday morning with the BIU and blue collar workers employed by the Corporation. The topic of discussion centred around two workers, one who has been off from work since last April, due to a stroke. He was told by management this month that his job in the Engineering department no longer exists. The other employee was fired on the spot on Friday for refusing to take a drug test after he was involved in an accident. When contacted by
The Royal Gazette, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary to the City of Hamilton, Edward Benevides said: “City of Hamilton management met with representatives from the Bermuda Industrial Union this morning and a number of issues were addressed and resolved.” BIU President Chris Furbert described the meeting as “productive” and said it lasted for more than two hours. As for the issues resolved he reserved comment until after the union has met with the city workers to discuss the outcome of yesterday’s meeting. That meeting has not yet been scheduled but according to Mr Furbert it will be held soon.