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Miller Brands Bec Union Leaders As ‘Blood Suckers’

BEC Chairman Leslie Miller

BEC Chairman Leslie Miller

By KYLE WALKINE

Tribune Staff Reporter

kwalkine@tribunemedia.net

UNION leaders who represent employees at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation are “blood suckers” who are only worried about filling their pockets, even if it comes at the cost of the Bahamian people, the company’s Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said yesterday.

Mr Miller told The Tribune that while he doesn’t usually get involved in arguments with unionists, he must defend BEC customers who he says are the ones feeling the brunt of employees’ greed. He said BEC is on course to lose up to $30 million this year.  

“I don’t pay much attention to those union fellas. They are devoid of a conscience,” Mr Miller said speaking of what he calls the union leaders’ drive to suck all the money out of BEC. 

“I see them all about talking about fuel this and fuel that, when the real problem at BEC is the salaries being paid out. The payroll is killing BEC and they know it. But still they insist on getting paid extra money all the time for doing the same seven hours of work.”

According to Mr Miller the corporation paid out an extra $129,000 last week to customer service representatives that were placed on a noon to 7pm shift. 

“What we did was instead of just having all of them work nine to five was we placed some of them on a shift that would better accommodate our customers that get off at 5pm,” he said. 

“There are some people who knock off from work around that time and may come home and meet their power off because they weren’t able to pay their bill. So we put those customer service reps on shifts until 7pm to give those people a chance. Do you believe we have to pay them extra for working the same seven hours a day that they normally do? We’re not making them work longer. We just changed the times. We had to pay out $129,000 for that last week.”

Mr Miller said it was those same customer service agents that were given a productivity rating of less than 50 per cent last year.

“We have people in that area making as much as $89,000 a year,” he said. “We also have supervisors for the cashiers taking home over $60,000 a year. Some of those same people got over $6,000 for that 12 to 7 exercise.”

According to Mr Miller, employees are being paid between $75 to $100 extra for working the noon to 7pm shift. 

Last week Bahamas Electrical Utility Managerial Union (BEUMU) President Clinton Minnis and Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) President Paul Maynard expressed their disappointment after Mr Miller blamed customers’ high electricity bills on the employees. 

However, Mr Miller questioned who else would be to blame. “All I’m saying is that there are customers with bills as high as $5,000,” he said. “Who was supposed to be holding them accountable for their increasing bill for it to get that high? You have some people who haven’t paid their BEC bill in over six months. All I’m saying is that it was the gross negligence of the workers for letting them run up.”

Since his appointment at BEC, Mr Miller has been embroiled in several public spats with unions representing workers at the corporation, specifically over overtime pay and “double dipping” which allowed employees to collect sick pay and benefits from National Insurance Board (NIB).

Comments

B_I_D___ 6 months ago

Maybe he should pay his damn BEC bill...someone ask him point blank...are his BEC bills current? Let's get an update...at last pass he owed hundreds of thousands of dollars with his various businesses and properties. Funny...his power ain't cut off.

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generalcrazy 6 months ago

ALL Union Leaders are Terrorists.

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GrassRoot 6 months ago

I don't think they are terrorist. They are men and woman that try to make a living by doing nothing and creating nothing.

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generalcrazy 6 months ago

They terrorize this country with the fear of strikes - that is what makes them terrorists.

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sheeprunner12 6 months ago

Question: On what salary scale are BEC workers paid in relation to other workers of similar training and expertise in this country?????? Most of them dont have any formal training beyond high school, they do in-house certification or correspondence courses, but no formal college or university degrees etc. So why is it that they can make two or three times the salary of a qualified civil servant at the same level of education, training or job experience?????

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akbar 6 months ago

Why don't Mr. Miller pay his bill on time. Why doesn't he give an account for all the contracts he has awarded since becoming chairman. The real blood suckers is this PLP government and their croonies who pillaging the funds and want slide blame on everyone else, blind charming the public. Get on with the privatization and get rid of loud mouth,do nothing like Mr. Miller and get this corporation into shape. He needs to be blamed, he is the gung-ho chairman who promise me my light bill would be lower, now that it isn't and he want blame someone else. You to the wheel, you to blame. Sad. This PLP government is plenty talk and no show and what even sadder is foolish Bahamians who fall for such windbags! Tired of all the barking, let's see some action.

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akbar 6 months ago

Who next to blame aliens from out of space? Give me a break.

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sheeprunner12 6 months ago

A bloodsucker should know another bloodsucker when he sees him ..... Lez vs BEC worker

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killemwitdakno 6 months ago

MILLER . WHERE DID THE PROFITS FROM PETROCARIBE GO????

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killemwitdakno 6 months ago

what about the jobs required for transitioning to greener energy. Between gov and energy , they need to foster a similar project as the following to EMPOWER.

http://www.anacostiacdc.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51

Why can't the energy bill be lowered now? Emera had shale gas. Emera is grand Bahama power. None available for our market? Isn't green what BPC is now saying we should adapt instead of the oil we're Giving them? http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2006-10-12/news/0610120031_1_gas-pipeline-natural-gas-bahamas http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/71382-strike-looms-emeras-grand-bahama-power

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS WAS THE PROBLEM. THAT'S WHY WE MUST PROVE OUR RECORD IN TAKING EIA'S SERIOUSLY. Bring in other Economic Development firms. Bring in other consultants for this field. Get an ADVANCE from BPC to start the process, then IMF would grant a green subsidy.

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killemwitdakno 6 months ago

What's this about? http://www.tribune242.com/news/2014/a...

"what is happening to the BEC deal? Moving cash before signing the deal?"

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birdiestrachan 6 months ago

Why were they allowed to work that shift.? that caused BEC so Much over time.

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birdiestrachan 6 months ago

Why were they allowed to work that shift.? that caused BEC so Much over time.

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