After discussion with representatives with the Bermuda Public Services Union (BPSU) today, Minister of Labour, Jason Hayward said tonight that he was “pleased to report” that “the parties have reached a mutual understanding”.
The Minister said the BPSU indicated their support the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 2021 (“the Act” and that they are “no longer pursuing amendments to the legislation related to the decertification process”.
“The Government has been in ongoing dialogue with our Union partners regarding the decertification procedure pursuant to the Act,” said Mr Hayward.
“While there have been differences of opinion with the Unions related to the rights of all workers in a bargaining unit participating in a decertification process, the Government of Bermuda’s position has been rooted in the principles of reasonableness and fairness.
“The Government will continue to hold a position that upholds the rights of all workers in the bargaining unit, regardless of their status within a Union,” he added.
He also thanked members of the Labour Advisory Council for the months of work that contributed to the significant changes to the current labour legislation, “strengthening both Union and worker’s rights”
“It is important to recognize that the Act was amended on the floor of the House of Assembly after consultation with the Unions so that the current legislation reads exactly the same as the previous act and ensures the Unions are not disadvantaged.”
Moving forward, he said: “The Government will continue to engage stakeholders to ensure we achieve the best outcomes for the Island’s workers.”