BEC Chairman Leslie Miller warned union members there would be grave repercussions if workers acted on threats to disrupt operations at the corporation.
Trade Union Congress president Obie Ferguson confirmed that he received a strike certificate following the vote by resort employees.
BEC chairman Leslie Miller yesterday charged he was ready for “war” with the union to exact a new industrial agreement in line with the corporation’s economic reality.
Police were called to monitor the protest at BEC after reports of disturbances. Protesting union members barricaded themselves inside the compound and turned customers away.
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.
BEC filed a trade dispute and Labour Minister Shane Gibson ordered the workers back to work since the matter has been referred to the Industrial Tribunal.
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”.