Bermuda’s public transportation system was shut down today as protest action against Government’s Pathways to Status plan continues despite the injunction filed by Government.
Bermuda Industrial Union President Chris Furbert told protesters on Friday that an injunction was filed in the Supreme Court on Fridayagainst him and Reverend Nicholas Tweed of the People’s Campaign.
When asked if he was aware of the possibility of being arrested Mr Furbert said he was not.
Meanwhile, buses, ferries, garbage collection and other public services were halted on Friday as protesters marched to Parliament Hill in support of a bipartisan approach to immigration reform.
The Ministry of Tourism Development and Transport issued a statement yesterday afternoon that the bus service would be cancelled.
A spokesperson said: “The ministry apologises for this development and will keep the public advised on the status of service.”
The Bermuda Union of Teachers also called on members to let their conscience be their guide on the withdrawal of labour.
The BUT statement issued yesterday said: “Brothers and sisters, once again, the matter of immigration reform is not directly related to our collective bargaining agreement; rather, it is a matter of national significance.
“The constitution of Bermuda affords every citizen the right to protest and the freedom of association. As citizens of this great island, on the matter of immigration reform, we urge you to let your conscience be your guide.”
Meanwhile, the Bermuda Employers’ Association has released an advisory to members stating that the impact could be the same as the actions on Friday.
“Employers receiving requests for time off on Monday or other days during the week might consider directing those staff to take time during their lunch hour.
“Please bear in mind there is a likelihood staff may return late from lunch or there may be requests for an extended lunch hour. Some employers on Friday granted some requests for unpaid time off if it could be accommodated. “Staff are not expected to leave their places of employment without authorisation. Employers faced with staff leaving without authorisation should treat such staff according to the firm’s policy and in accordance with any other similar cases.”
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By Ceola Wilson