A copy of the agreement signed on December 4 indicated that BPSU members would receive the lump sum payment from December 2019. “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. 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. This is happening 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 Prime Minister M. Hubert Minnis asked to resolve issues related to the negotiation of a new industrial agreement. 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. At a press conference at the Public Hosp.
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. In its statement, the Government stated that while the provisional agreement had been reached and negotiations on non-financial items were progressing, there were still some financial issues to be resolved. 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. 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 agreement was signed by Minister of Public Service and National Insurance Brensil Rolle and BPSU Chairman Kimsley Ferguson. 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 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. Federal Prosecution lawyers have not received any upgrades and salary increases, in line with the working agreement the government signed in 2013 with the Bahamas Public Services Union, and they now have their fight for what they believe will make the Prime Minister`s Office guilty. After Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest warned that union negotiations in the public sector were a potential “fly in the ointment” that could take the government out of its 1% budget deficit target, Evans said workers` representatives had “taken enough” to be held accountable for difficult labour relations.
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