WSC managers ready to go to court over strike vote
Director of Labour John Pinder said yesterday that while the Bahamas Utilities and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU) had the required votes for a strike certificate, the Water and Sewerage Management Union (WSMU) did not.
Pinder said upon receiving the final results of the strike poll, WSMU did not have enough votes.
“I have done what I’m supposed to do,” Pinder said.
“I conducted a poll. I sent the results to the minister [and] he will make a determination on whether or not he certifies the poll.”
However, WSMU President Ednel Rolle said he is waiting for the director of labor to do his job and provide the official numbers.
“If there’s a dispute then we take it to court.
“I [am not] running around with him over an argument over what is right and what is wrong.
“To find out who’s right, we take it to court if that’s his position.
“I’m more concerned … with the matter in front of us, which is getting that agreement signed and we’re going to do whatever is necessary to [make] it happen.
“I am disappointed in him but … I [will] write to him first.
“I [will] give him the benefit of the doubt because sometimes you find that they say they were misquoted … but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.”
Last week, Pinder said the overwhelming majority of line staff and managers at the Water and Sewerage Cooperation (WSC) who took part in a strike vote yesterday agreed to strike.
At the time, he said the results were unofficial and only reflected votes in New Providence, as the department was still awaiting numbers from the Family Islands.
One hundred and six line staff workers voted yes and 29 voted no, Pinder said.
The line staff union has 318 members.
Of the managerial staff who voted, 21 opted to strike and 14 opted not to strike.
The WSMU has a total of 62 members.
Rolle has noted that a major point of contention has been the stalled talks with the corporation regarding his union’s industrial agreement.
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