Premier David Burt will make his first keynote address as guest speaker at the 36th Annual Labour Day Banquet to be hosted by the Bermuda Industrial Union at the Fairmont Southampton Princess Resort on Friday, in the lead up to the annual holiday weekend.

Photo: Courtesy of BIU

The theme for this year’s holiday weekend of events organized by the Joint Labour Day Organizing Committee is “Celebrating Solidarity”. Events include the annual call for trade union members to attend Labour Day Worship Services at a church of their choice on Sunday. There’s also the annual Pre-Labour Day Gathering at Shelly Bay Beach on Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 7pm.

On Monday, the events move to Union Square and BIU headquarters, starting at 8:30am with the Swan’s Club Annual Race & Walk. This year’s event includes a new competition and plaque for the Trade Union Congress division with the most participants in the race and walk, which will continue from year to year. The prize presentation will be held at 10am Monday morning. There will also be free health screening checks on Union Square.

Labour Day speeches are scheduled to begin at 11am with an opening prayer by People’s Campaign advocate, the Reverend Nicholas Tweed. Speakers include Premier David Burt, Home Affairs Minister Walton Brown and trade union leaders including BIU President Chris Furbert.

The annual Labour Day March through the City of Hamilton is scheduled to get underway at 11:30am. There will also be transportation provided for the elders, who may not wish to walk the route, courtesy of the Bermuda Train Company. Other sponsors of the annual Labour Day events on Union Square include Barritt’s and the Corporation of Hamilton.

Meanwhile, the banquet leading off the weekend of events gets underway at 8pm Friday evening.