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Bus drivers vote to strike on Monday if demands not met

The Hamilton bus terminal (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The bus service could be shut down on Monday, it was revealed today.

Bus drivers warned they were prepared to strike over a dispute with the Government.

A spokeswoman for the Bermuda Industrial Union said the bus division had agreed to withdraw labour unless the Department of Public Transportation posted the winter rosters.

She added: “There is a collective bargaining agreement between the Bermuda Government that also affects public transportation.

“However, the Minister of Transport and the management team of the DPT have decided that they are going to completely ignore the sections of the CBA without the agreement of the bus division.”

The decision came after a meeting of the BIU’s bus division at the union’s headquarters in Hamilton on Friday.

The spokeswoman said: “The members put forward a motion ‘that management must post the winter rosters for pick on Monday, August 16, 2021 and failing to do so will result in the membership to stand down the service until such time that they do so’.

She added: “The bus division of the BIU would like to apologise in advance to the public for any inconvenience that this may cause.”

The transport ministry has been contacted for comment.

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Published August 14, 2021 at 5:05 pm (Updated August 14, 2021 at 5:05 pm)

Bus drivers vote to strike on Monday if demands not met

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