The unions representing workers at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and the largest trade union association in the country are preparing to mount a major challenge to the government’s effort to sell a majority stake in BTC to Cable & Wireless (C&W).
“This whole movement transcends BTC workers and BCPOU (Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union). We believe it is more nationalistic now. This is not a good deal. We don’t think that this is a good fit and we are going to show our displeasure and disagreement in a very, very strong and concise way,” said BCPOU President Bernard Evans to The Nassau Guardian yesterday.
The country’s largest unions, through the National Congress of Trade Unions of The Bahamas (NCTUB), have come together in a bid to formalize a plan on the way forward in opposition to the BTC sale.
The government is proposing to sell 51 percent of BTC to C&W for $210 million plus taxes.
The labor leaders attended a meeting at BCPOU headquarters on Thursday night, as the union updated its members on the proposed sale.