BPL union “ready for war” over foreign labour



President of the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) Paul Maynard said yesterday that he is prepared to wage war on executives of Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) Company for the alleged hiring of foreign workers.

According to Maynard, BPL signed an agreement with Burmeister and Wain Scandinavian Contractor Company for foreign labour, as the company prepares to construct an LNG power plant at Clifton Pier.

Maynard said line staff is being asked to train individuals and the union is not in agreement.

“We are not training everyone and we can’t guarantee their safety. We want them off of our compound,” Maynard said.

“They are not trained and these are people who have come out of the slums and running a racket.”

Maynard called on the prime minister and the minister of works to get the company’s affairs in order.

“If they wanted a war, they have gotten one,” he threatened.

“Burma Road is going to happen again very soon. You can’t call a mass separation package and replace the workers with foreigners and pay them more.”

Newly appointed chairman of BPL Donavan Moxey however, denied the allegations noting that the agreement was in place before the separation exercise. He did note that there were some issues with getting the workers to The Bahamas in the appropriate time.