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Plp Chairman Backs Ag For Ending Case Against Resort

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts.

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts.

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Former Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson.

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts has defended the Attorney General’s decision not to issue a no prosecution direction to the court, effectively stopping criminal proceedings brought by union officials against Sandals Royal Bahamian and two of its senior executives.

According to Mr Roberts, the nolle prosequi was issued by the Office of the Attorney General because it determined it was an “abuse of the judicial process” to have the criminal matter ongoing in light of the fact that the Bahamas Hotel Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (BHMAWU) has also initiated civil proceedings against the resort.

Yesterday, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson refused to answer questions about the nolle prosequi, telling The Tribune that the attorney general never speaks publicly on such matters.

“The Progressive Liberal Party takes note of the headline story in one of the local dailies on the nolle prosequi issued by the Office of the Attorney

General in a private prosecution matter involving the management of the Sandals Resort,” Mr Roberts said in a statement. “We also note the public position taken by a labour executive on the matter.

“We are advised that the Bahamas Hotel Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (BHMAWU) also initiated civil proceedings against the hotel executives and the Office of the Attorney General determined that it was an abuse of the judicial process to have the matter simultaneously litigated in the criminal courts, thus the nolle prosequi.

“In our view the Office of the Attorney General is correct in its judgment and the Progressive Liberal Party supports the decision. When all of the PR, the political spin and posturing are said and done, it falls on the government to ensure the integrity of the country’s duly constituted public institutions,” Mr Roberts added.

On Tuesday it was revealed that Mrs Maynard-Gibson issued a nolle prosequi to the Magistrate’s Court to discontinue the criminal action against the resort and its two executives on August 15, the same day the hotel terminated more than 600 employees.

Obie Ferguson, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) president, described this as adding “insult to injury.”

On Tuesday, Mr Ferguson said that the entire trade union movement was “very, very, very shocked” by Mrs Maynard-Gibson’s directive and accused the government of betraying and deceiving the BHMAWU, and all workers, by not being “up front” about its actions and intentions.

The order halts the action launched against the resort, its general manager, Gary Williams, and financial controller, Fitzroy Walker, by five officers of the BHMAWU who had alleged that Sandals Royal Bahamian was in breach of the Industrial Relations Act by failing/refusing to “treat or enter into negotiations” with the union.

They had also claimed that the resort, Mr Williams and Mr Walker, had violated the Industrial Tribunal Relations Act by intimidating and terminating employees. The resort, and its executives, had denied all allegations.

Comments

alfalfa 3 years, 8 months ago

It has been reported in local talk shows, that the decision on the Nolle was made weeks ago by the AG's office. If so, why did they mislead the country into thinking that charges may be brought against Sandals (which would have been wrong). The Prime Minister and Minister of Labour both have stated that they knew nothing about this decision, and the Minister of Labour has stated that he feels slighted by these actions. Has the chairman been instructed now by the party, to defend and support her actions? What a tangled web.

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 8 months ago

Its the nature of Bahamian politics under PGC............... no one answers to anyone and no one gets reprimanded/fired for stepping over the lines of power ...... the tail is wagging the dog (as usual) ...... and everyone else will yelp with no tangible results or changes to the status quo

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croberts6969 3 years, 8 months ago

My friends this is all an orchestrated show. All parties are playing out their roles. Wait and see what the government will be paying these employees right before Christmas out of the public purse.

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