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Union presented with strike vote certificate

The Bahamas Electrical Utility Managers Union(BEUWU)was yesterday presented with its strike vote certificate from the Department of Labour.

This latest development came days after the union conducted a strike vote against the Bahamas Electricity Corporation(BEC)for its failure to negotiate a new industrial contract.

The union has been without an industrial agreement since 2007.

BEUWU and the executive management of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation(BEC)met for the first time on Tuesday to discuss a new industrial agreement. BEUWU President Irvin Dean yesterday described that meeting as”cordial.”

He opted not to disclose any further details discussed.

Last Friday, middle managers at the corporation voted 78-to-1 in favor of a strike. However, the union is holding off on any action and reportedly went into the meeting in good faith. But it is understood that action could be taken at any time if negotiations should fall through.

The union has been agitating for BEC to either negotiate a new industrial agreement, which hasn’t happened for four years, or adhere to the conventions of the old agreement, which Dean claimed BEC is not doing.

The old contract speaks to a 10-and-a-half percent increase over four years.

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