Unions plan march on Parliament
President of the National Congress of Trade Unions(NCTUB)Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson is calling for all workers to stand with the organization at the House of Assembly when it meets tomorrow, in protest of the government’s plan to sell 51 percent of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company(BTC)to Cable and Wireless Communications(CWC).
Isaacs-Dotson said the unions’campaign tomorrow will be”the Bahamas for Bahamians”and they are asking for all Bahamians who believe in that credo to join them.
The Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union(BCPOU)and the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union(BCPMU)have been successful over the past week in garnering the support of affiliated public service unions to join them in protest of the sale of BTC to CWC.
President of the BCPOU Bernard Evans alluded to a national strike last Wednesday during a rally at his union’s headquarters.
He shouted to a crowd of union members that they should prepare themselves for the 15th of December.
“I think the House(of Assembly)meets on the 15th. The 14th is the eve,”he said.”You think the nation will be ready for something on the 15th-you think we ready for the 15th?”
Evans riddled off a list of just some of the unions with members present at the rally, asking if they were ready to stand with him and his members on the 15th.
Many of them, including the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union(BHCAWU), the Bahamas Public Service Union(BPSU), the Union of Public Officers(UPO)and the National Congress of Trade Unions of The Bahamas(NCTUB)said they were 100 percent behind the BCPOU.
BTC employees walked off the job last Tuesday and again Wednesday in an attempt to persuade the government to leave BTC ownership in the hands of Bahamians.
Evans and BCPMU President William Carroll are expected in court today after being slapped with an injunction by the government for what it contended was an illegal work stoppage last Tuesday.