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19th of November 2018

Economy



Electrical Trade Union Workers Hold Meeting

[Written by Don Burgess]

ESTU members met at lunchtime today [Oct 12] at the BIU headquarters to hear what progress had made in regard to their concerns with the Ascendant Group.

Donald Lottimore, president of the Electrical Supply Trade Union [ESTU], told Bernews there were more than a half-dozen issues that needed to be ironed out with BELCO management.

Last week issues arose after BELCO’s parent company Ascendant Group announced the “departure” of four senior executives — Denton Williams, Michael Daniel, Carol Ross-DeSilva & Zehena Davis — saying that “two have resigned and two positions were made redundant.”

The four executives, combined, had been with the company for over 80 years, and they marked the second group of employees to leave the company recently, with three staff members having been made redundant last month.

The ESTU then decided on a work to rule for its members as it brought its concerns to Ascendant.

“The meeting today was to update our membership on where we are with the ongoing discussions with the Ascendant Group Board,” Mr Lottimore said. “We are being steadfast in that their wishes are being pursued by this executive that they elected.”

Mr Lottimore added the ETSU members were also reminded about adhering to all the laws and the work to rule. “We are making sure we do our responsibility, and our due diligence to make sure our membership is protected going forward whether it is with the company and their programme for what BELCO is going to look like and how it is going to be staffed.”

The ETSU president said the Ascendant Group have made overtures to the union and they are keeping the dialogue open and moving between the two parties.

“There are seven or eight issues, and we’re making sure that all of them are on the table for discussion so we can have an open and frank dialogue,” Mr Lottimore said. “We can come to a resolution on the majority of them, for it’s in the best interest of Bermuda.”

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