Representatives of the BPSU signed the five-year contract with the government after less than six months of negotiations, which was a record time, according to Pinder. Pinder said the union reserved the right to negotiate further wage increases for public servants if royalties for the export of natural resources such as aragonite are increased or when oil is minted in the Bahamas. He said: “To some extent, some people are calling this a strategic attack on the part of the government to dismantle the union by encouraging some members and encouraging them to get benefits before negotiations are fully underway.” Kimsley Ferguson.Dozens of staff at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) demonstrated outside the hospital yesterday to demand that the Public Hospital Authority (PHA) no longer “block” the renegotiation of its industrial agreement… He added: “The general increase is for the minimum wage on that date. In 2016, the new fiscal year will come when the overall increase will be for the public service as a whole, if everyone receives a double increase as an increase and this will be added to the base salary. He stressed, however, that after several meetings in 2016, agreement had been reached on most of these issues, including higher wages and allowances. However, discussions continued again due to a general union concern. Other important elements of the agreement include fixed monthly risk premiums and risk premiums, as well as the increase in pension benefits resulting from the correction of social security contributions. “In this context, we think we should be able to come back to the table to get what we asked for in advance,” he said. “The government couldn`t do it because it said, because of financial constraints – that`s the clause we have in our industrial agreement.

If they do something before 2018 to get a lot more revenue from national funds, we have the right to sit at the table and ask for more for our members. “The result was devastating to some extent for the public service, because the Department of Public Service then had to create two shares of salary for those who had accepted the advance and for those who respected the general views of the union. As riots between three organisations affiliated with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) continued, the Union of Public Services of the Bahamas (BPSU) yesterday signed a multi-million euro industrial agreement. On Tuesday, BPSU President John Pinder, who is also president of the National Congress of Trade Unions, advised members not to take part in trade union actions. At a press conference at public Hosp… The government yesterday signed an industrial agreement with the Bahamas Public Utilities Union (BPSU), which will increase the minimum wage by $800 a year for nearly 2,000 union members…