«I have not received anything from the government that goes against a counter-proposal on the financial aspects of an agreement. We had some discussions with the Prime Minister and I asked him to think about some things. I said we would stop until he came back to us, which I expect for Tuesday. In its statement, the government said that while the interim agreement has been reached and negotiations on non-financial items are progressing, there are still some financial issues to be resolved. As industrial unrest in three member organizations of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) continued, the Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) yesterday signed a multi-million dollar industrial agreement. On Tuesday, BPSU President John Pinder, who is also president of the Congress of National Trade Unions, advised members not to participate in union actions. After the president of the Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU), Kimsley Ferguson, claimed that negotiations on the working agreement of its members were at a standstill, the Minister of Public Service and National Service Brensil Rolle said yesterday that the government had negotiated in good faith. «I think […] The role of contribution promises that the government will be fair with BPSU. This is coming more than a week after union members demonstrated in front of cabinet, demanded money they claimed was owed to them by the government and a meeting with the Prime Minister, Hubert Minnis asked to resolve issues related to the negotiation of a new industrial agreement. Some employers try to prevent workers from joining a union. The best way to encourage your employer to recognize your union and negotiate a fair deal is to set up a strong organization in which you work. Dozens of staff at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) demonstrated yesterday outside the hospital to demand that the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) stop «blocking» the renegotiation of her employment contract. The union`s previous collective agreement expired in 2018. The agreement was signed by Minister of Public Service and National Insurance Brensil Rolle and BPSU Chairman Kimsley Ferguson.
A copy of the agreement signed on December 4 indicated that BPSU members would receive the lump sum payment from December 2019. As part of the agreement, the government will pay an initial lump sum of $800 to BPSU members in the first quarter of the fiscal year and $US 600 by the end of December. The government yesterday signed an industrial agreement with the Bahamas Public Services Federation (BPSU), which will increase the minimum wage for nearly 2,000 union members by $800 a year. Ferguson said Dr. Hubert Minnis promised to contact him by then and said the union had proposed a three-year industrial agreement in which members would receive a $250 base salary increase in the first year, a lump sum payment of $2500 in the second year and a $200 increase in base salary in the first year. The deal came after government employees and Staff from the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation held a series of meetings at Fairmont Southampton last Thursday and Friday. He said negotiations for a new agreement will continue in the second week of January 2020. He informed the union that he would consider a counter-proposal for the remaining financial affairs. The government and the Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) have reached a preliminary agreement on the payment of a lump sum to employees, the Ministry of Public Service and National Insurance announced yesterday. NASSAU, BAHAMAS (BF) — After months of tense negotiations that led to a protest in August, the Bahamas Public Utilities Union (BPSU) yesterday signed an agreement with the government under which its members will receive a lump sum payment of $1,400 in time for the holidays. When ferguson was contacted, he told Eyewitness News Online that the signing was part of the union`s ongoing negotiations on an industrial contract.