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Bermuda Industrial Union members gather at Union Square.
Industrial action by the Bermuda Industrial Union (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Bus and ferry services ground to a halt yesterday after a strike over procedures for union decertification votes.

A Government spokeswoman said Bermuda Industrial Union workers in several departments downed tools.

She added that landscaping work at parks and beaches - along with trash collection at beaches - had halted.

Maintenance workers at the Government Quarry also stopped work, which affected Government equipment and vehicles.

Highways staff also downed tools, along with members of the Public Lands and Buildings Section, which had been painting and cleaning schools.

But the spokeswoman said there was “minimal impact” on Post Office services.

Stephen Todd of the Bermuda Hotel Association said that the sector had reported “no impact whatsoever” because of the disruption.

Mr Todd added that he had not heard any complaints from the hotels about the lack of bus services.

He said: “We are going to poll our hotels to see, but the other week when we had that three or four day shut down we didn’t receive any complaints from visitors.”

Disruption is expected to continue today, but workers are expected to return to their posts tomorrow.

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Published August 31, 2021 at 7:55 am (Updated August 31, 2021 at 7:45 am)

Bus and ferry services main casualties of BIU strike action

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