News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – Minister of Transport Lawrence Scott confirmed that an agreement had been reached with the Bermuda Industrial Union in the ongoing dispute over scheduling / rosters however, a failure by the BPSU to support the agreement means the issue is not yet resolved.
Minister Scott said: “ In good faith the BIU came to the table with the DPT management and we arrived at a workable solution to the issue which would see service resume tomorrow, August 20th. I wish to thank the BIU who, recognizing the need to get the service running again for the benefit of the travelling public, worked with the DPT team to arrive at an agreement. Unfortunately, the BPSU-represented supervisors who perform the critical dispatching function, did not support the agreement and as such the service could not resume.”
Minister Scott also confirmed that he informed the Minister of Labour that the issues had not been resolved.
Minister Jason Hayward noted: “ The BIU and the DPT worked hard to reach this point but with the matter still unresolved, in accordance with section 70 of the Act, I have referred the dispute for settlement to the Employment and Labour Relations Tribunal established under section 44B of the Employment Act 2000. As all parties are aware, the long-standing custom and practice, is for work to begin again with such a referral. It would be ideal if the issues were resolved and the Tribunal would not then be required to hear the matter. The Labour Department remains at the disposal of all parties to facilitate that resolution.”
Minister Scott advised that discussions would continue aimed at having the bus service start as soon as possible this morning.