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Staff renew demand for public transport director to go

Public transport workers have filed a motion of no confidence against the director of the department (File photograph)

Unionised public transport workers said yesterday that complaints about the director of the public transport department were unresolved more than a month after they filed a motion of no confidence.

A spokeswoman said the no-confidence motion against Roger Todd, filed in December, was the second lodged by Bermuda Industrial Union members in the department.

She added: “It is time for the minister, the permanent secretary or whomever is in charge to realise that Mr Todd is not the man for DPT.

The spokeswoman said that morale among staff in the department was at an all-time low and the DPT was “in crisis mode”.

She added: “Government is celebrating the arrival of the new buses but we have been promised a cafeteria for years now and still do not have one.”

The spokeswoman said Mr Todd had failed to meet his obligations and made decisions that were detrimental to the service.

She added: “Mr Todd, throughout the labour relations process, has ignored the collective bargaining agreement between the BIU and the Bermuda Government.

“We feel that his position has been supported by Jasmin Smith, the permanent secretary, who refuses to honour the collective bargaining agreement as well.”

Chris Furbert, the BIU president, said in December that industrial relations had “hit rock bottom” after a series of disputes between the union and the Department of Public Transportation.

Bus drivers walked off the job in September because of fears over Covid-19.

The dispute was resolved five days later — but drivers continued industrial action after the Government said that they would not get paid for time off work.

Drivers went on strike again in December over a dispute centred on a supervisor who was claimed to have recorded staff conversations.

But the drivers returned to work the next day after threats of legal action by the Government.

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Published February 18, 2022 at 7:47 am (Updated February 18, 2022 at 7:47 am)

Staff renew demand for public transport director to go

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