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Injunction restraining BTC unions still in effect

The Supreme Court injunction restraining Bahamas Telecommunications Company(BTC)unions from continuing their”illegal work stoppage”remains in effect for the time being.

TheBahamas Communications and Public Managers Union(BCPMU)and the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union(BCPOU)will pick up their fight against the injunction on Friday when they are expected to meet again before of Supreme Court Justice Bernard Turner.

The unions were hoping to have the inunction lifted yesterday. However, yesterday’s closed hearing was adjourned because of”certain procedural requirements,”according to the attorney representing the unions.

Attorney Anthony McKinney said Justice Turner will hear the arguments regarding the injunction on Friday at 11 a.m.

“The initial order has been varied slightly to allow the unions to take part in any action that is in the confines of the Industrial Relations Act-which means in lay terms that[the unions]can discuss anything the union needs to discuss in order to achieve its legitimate entitlement in an agreement with[BTC],”McKinney said, explaining what happened yesterday during the closed hearing.

It is unclear how this will effect the unions’proposed march around Parliament that is reportedly planned for today.

The BCPOU and BCPMUled protests last week againstthe proposed sale of 51 percent of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communications(CWC). Their actions shut down thecompany’s retail and customer service centers and inconvenienced some BTC subscribersfor two days straight. The protests lasted three days.

The injunction granted by the Supreme Court restrains the unions and their leadership from”in any manner interfering with or impeding the employees of[BTC]from engaging in their lawful occupations”or”from inducing or procuring employees of[BTC]to break with their respective contracts of employment by taking part in any unlawful industrial action against[BTC].”

The unions are also represented by attorneys Wayne Munroe and Andrew McKinney.

Attorney Tara Cooper Burnside of Higgs and Johnson is representing BTC.

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