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WSMU eyes industrial action after meeting postponed

After the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) postponed a meeting with Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU) and Water and Sewerage Management Union (WSMU), and failed to show at another meeting at the Department of Labour, the WSMU said it appears that industrial action is certain.

“The Water and Sewerage Management Union wishes to advise the general public that the Water and Sewerage Corporation is continuing to not act in good faith with the union in trying to resolve outstanding matters,” WSMU said in a statement released on Friday.

“We would have advised the press that there [was] to be a meeting on May 7, 2019.

“This meeting did not take place.

“The corporation has now advised that a meeting is scheduled for May 22, 2019.

“Yesterday, May 9, 2019, there was to be a conciliatory meeting at the Department of Labor and the corporation did not show up.

“Clearly these acts show an unwillingness by the corporation to act in good faith or even to deal with the issues at all.

“It appears to the union that the corporation is just stringing the union along.

“In light of this position taken by the corporation, it appears that industrial action is certain, due to the Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson’s attitude towards the union and the workers.”

The Guardian understands the meeting was postponed because a senior officer at WSC was not available.

Following the granting of strike certificates to BUSAWU and WSMU by Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes, BUSAWU President Dwayne Woods said that WSC had set a meeting for May 7 with both unions. However, he told The Nassau Guardian that the meeting never took place but was postponed.

When contacted yesterday regarding the statement by WSMU, Woods said he supports WSMU’s decision because they are in this together.

“We would have to support him,” Woods said.

“They did the same thing to my union and we are hoping to get another date at the labor board in short order but we are also appalled at their behavior.

“We wait to see the outcome of a meeting at the labor board and a meeting at the corporation.

“Meanwhile we are presenting our industrial proposal as early as this week, and we hope that wisdom prevails before we have to do what we have to do.”

Laurent Rolle

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Laurent started at The Nassau Guardian in May 2018 as a paginator. He transitioned to reporting in February 2019. Laurent has covered multiple crime stories. He is the author of “Yello”, which was published in February 2019.
Education: Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) 3rd Year

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