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Foulkes seeks court ruling on union’s role for Sandals’ staff

LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes said yesterday he is seeking a ‘legal opinion’ as to whether the Bahamas Hotel Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (BHMAWU) is still the bargaining agent for employees of Sandals Royal Bahamian.

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Minister backs union role

Minister backs union role By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net AS the KFC labour dispute continues to rage, Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes reaffirmed that the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union is the official ba

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Union busting claim in GB

FREEPORT – The Commonwealth Electrical Workers Union is accusing the Grand Bahama Power Company of union busting and not engaging in good labour relations.

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Dissenter: hotel's stance was 'Alice in Wonderland'

A dissenting Court of Appeal judge branded a resort’s argument that the hotel union ceased to exist as “Alice in Wonderland”, adding that common sense would “fly out of the window” if it was accepted.

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Employers could face jail if they fail to inform govt of job cuts

IN THE wake of Sandals’ decision to make hundreds of its employees redundant, the government wants to bring “emergency legislation” to Parliament that would make it a criminal offence for employers to fail to consult or notify the relevant minister or bargaining agent about their intention to make ten or more workers redundant.

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Sandals warns staff over alleged 'illegal' strike

MANAGEMENT at Sandals Royal Bahamian yesterday expressed “surprise” that the Bahamas Hotel, Maintenance & Allied Workers Union (BHMAWA) - the bargaining agent for the resort’s non-managerial employees - had opted for a strike vote.


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VIDEO: Police control huge Black Friday crowds at BTC store

HUNDREDS of eager Black Friday bargain hunters descended on BTC’s store at South West Plaza from early on Friday, with police called to control the surge of shoppers as the doors opened.

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Bid to introduce union for container port staff

LABOUR and religious leaders in Grand Bahama are supporting workers at the Freeport Container Port who are again taking steps to form a union to bargain for better wages, permanent job status and a safer workplace.

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IAN FERGUSON: Labour specialists key to workplace harmony

MAINTAINING a strong relationship between employer and employee can be key to a company’s ultimate success. If such a relationship is in place, employees will be more productive, loyal, efficient and create less conflict. Yet for many years, even be

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Sentencing for man convicted of grievous harm adjourned

A LAWYER for convict Antonio “Snake” Symonnette, who was convicted of two counts of grievous harm in the Supreme Court, requested an adjournment of the sentencing hearing yesterday.

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Legislate to keep expired industrial deal terms in place

A former hotel union leadership contender yesterday urged the Government to “legislate” that expired industrial agreements, particularly their terms and conditions, remain in effect until a new deal is sealed.

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BTC union in trade dispute

The trade union representing Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) line staff yesterday filed a dispute over the company’s alleged failure to enter “good faith” talks on a new industrial deal. The Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (

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New Sandals staff ‘too scared’ to join trade union

A former hotel union leadership contender believes re-hired Sandals Royal Bahamian staff will be too scared to join a trade union, and described August’s 592-strong termination as “clearly union busting”.

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Gov’t urged to join Morton Salt appeal

THE Government was yesterday urged to join a Privy Council appeal against Morton Salt, amid fears it will “alter the very existence of collective bargaining agreements in the Bahamas”.

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Five-year deal signed with teaching manager union

THE government yesterday signed a five-year industrial agreement with the Bahamas Educators Managerial Union (BEMU), the first of its kind for the collective bargaining agent.

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Union says it may become official agent at ministry

By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas Educators Managerial Union could become the official bargaining agent for supervisors and managers at the Ministry of Education before the month is over, union representatives said yesterday. Speaking at

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Union says it may become official agent at ministry

By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas Educators Managerial Union could become the official bargaining agent for supervisors and managers at the Ministry of Education before the month is over, union representatives said yesterday. Speaking at

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UNIVERSITY ACCUSED OF ENDING AGREEMENT

THE Public Managers Union has accused University of Bahamas of abruptly discontinuing a legally binding financial agreement to a segment of the union’s bargaining group.

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Union tensions rising on Xmas bonus cuts

A trade union leader yesterday blasted that it was "pure disrespect" for employers not to consult over cutting contractually-agreed Christmas bonuses as industrial tensions continued to rise.

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Accusations fly over AG’s Sandals move

Trade union allegations that the Attorney General “misled” the Bahamian people over the Sandals ‘nolle prosequi’ were yesterday met with counter-claims that the criminal prosecution was intended as a mere “bargaining chip”.