News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Government of Bermuda has issued the following statement regarding a letter received from the Bermuda Industrial Union. 

A government spokesperson stated: “The Government of Bermuda can confirm that on August 19, 2021, the Premier of Bermuda received an ultimatum letter from the President of the Bermuda Industrial Union Chris Furbert. The letter stated:

“The BIU is giving the Bermuda Government eleven (11) days’ notice for the Minister of Labour to make certain amendments to Section 57: Cancellation of Certification under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 2021 and if he refuses to make the necessary amendments the BIU’s General Council is calling on its membership for a two (2) day shutdown”. The two day shut will take effect August 30, 31 2021. The motion also includes that failure of the Government to make the necessary amendments to the 2021 Act then the Premier the Hon David Burt and Minister of Labour, the Hon. Jason Hayward need to step down.

The Government of Bermuda would like to make its position clear. The call for a General strike is most unfortunate and unnecessary. The Government stands firm in its position that the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 2021 is fair and just. The Government has no intention of amending the legislation.”