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Dept. of Labour to intervene in WSC dispute

Labour Minister Dion Foulkes said yesterday the government is trying to lower the temperature between Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU) and the management of the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) in order to bring forth a resolution to the concerns.

“We are hopeful, we are cautiously hopeful, that we can get all the issues resolved,” Foulkes said.

“As you know, the whole issue of supply of water to the population of The Bahamas, especially here in New Providence, is essential. So, the government wishes to do everything to ensure the continuation of that flow.”

He added: “We’re trying to get the temperature lowered so we can sit down in a dispassionate way and have a discussion about the issues.”

The minister said a meeting is scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. at the Department of Labour between both parties.

“I think once we get at the table, we’ll be able to get the issues resolved,” Foulkes said.

“But, as I said, I am optimistic but cautiously optimistic.”

He added: “We’re at the point now where we’re seeing some movement on some of the issues that concerned the union. Everybody has agreed to go back to work so everything should be normal now at the corporation this morning.”

On Tuesday, BUSAWU President Dwayne Woods and union members demonstrated a “withdrawal of enthusiasm” outside WSC’s Thompson Boulevard headquarters.

Their concerns were that executives were attempting to minimize the influence of the representative trade union by blatantly disrespecting, intimidating, victimizing and discriminating against union members.

Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, water supply went off in several areas of New Providence, impacting households, Princess Margaret Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Baha Mar and many businesses.

In a post on his Facebook page Tuesday night, WSC Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson said members of BUSAWU were involved with the disruption.

However, BUSAWU has denied the allegation.

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
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