Union chiefs and striking workers could face jail time and hefty fines if they breach labour laws. Workers are upset over BEC’s more efficient shift system and the loss of ridiculous overtime wages.
Unions have a right to protest. They have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of their workers. They do not, however, have the right to takeover property they do not own.
Press Statement by Shane Gibson Minister of Labour & National Insurance regarding Industrial Unrest at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation.
BEC said the action of the junior employees of the Corporation is illegal and in breach of the industrial relations agreement and is in direct contravention of the labor laws of The Bahamas.
More than 100 BEC employees walked off the job yesterday in support of a union executive who was suspended and another employee who had been terminated “without cause”.
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) may lose $50 million this year and might be unable to provide enough power to keep the lights on in the high-demand summer season.
Since when is a public company that is reported to be on the verge of bankruptcy able to “donate” money?
President of the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union said they are petitioning to have their secretary-general suspended from union business.
BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller says the payment plan – intended to provide relief and generate revenue – actually had the opposite effect.