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Reports that BTC unions planning another march on Parliament

Several trade unions and a group called”Save BTC for Bahamians”are planning a demonstration for Bay Street next Wednesday as the House of Assembly meets, The Nassau Guardian has learnt.

On Monday, Supreme Court Justice Neville Adderley tossed out a court action filed by the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union(BCPOU)and the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union(BCPMU), which are seeking to block the sale of a 51 percent stake in Bahamas Telecommunications Company(BTC)to Cable and Wireless Communications(CWC).

Representatives of the National Congress of Trade Unions of The Bahamas, the Trade Union Congress and BTC unions met Tuesday night to discuss the next protest,The Nassau Guardianhas been informed.

NCTU president Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson confirmed that a meeting was held but she did not reveal what was discussed.

BCPOU president Bernard Evans toldThe Nassau Guardianthat something is being planned but stressed that the action is not being organized by the union.

Following Justice Adderley’s ruling Monday, Evans said,”We will be meeting with(the)NCTU and TUC to finalize our efforts leading to the massive day, the day of atonement.”

Last week, the government signed a shareholders agreement and a share purchase agreement with CWC, and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham tabled the memorandum of understanding between the two entities in Parliament, along with related documents.

Ingraham has extended an invitation to Evans and BCPMU president William Carroll to meet to discuss the privatization issue. However, Ingraham said only Carroll accepted the letter.

Asked about next week’s march, Carroll said,”We have some things on the table. We are still fighting. We are still against it(the sale of BTC)and trying to galvanize support, planning something for the near future.”

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