NASSAU, BAHAMAS – On the heels of a work-to-rule demonstration on Tuesday, President of the Bahamas Utility Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU), Dwayne Woods is calling on Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis to intervene as the relationship between the union and executives at the Water & Sewerage Corporation reached a boiling point on Wednesday.
Woods told Eyewitness News Online that the union’s concerns continue to fall on deaf so they returned to the Corporation’s grounds on University Drive for a second day of demonstrations. However, not long after they arrived, Woods said they were escorted off the property and police officers guarded the grounds and erected barricades.
“They called the police once again. This shows you the hostility that Mr. Gibson has within. We are tenants of the Corporation and he throw us off the property, but still collecting our rent. What kind of thing this is? The Prime Minister neesd to come in here and deal with Pharaoh [Gibson],” Woods said.
Meanwhile in a statement issued last night, Executive Chairman of the Water & Sewage and Corporation, Adrian Gibson said BUSAWU members were leading an illegal striking as they do not have a strike certificate.
President of the Managerial Union, Ednel Rolle was also present at the first and second day of demonstrations to show his support. Rolle said while administration at WSC was able to alert the police to oversee their demonstration, there needs to be a police investigation into the alleged bugging of the building.
“They have more policeman here today but they still refuse to allow monitoring of this building to confirm whether there are illegal devices,” Rolle said. “In fact, yesterday he changed the locks on the building now I don’t know if that is to give his people more time to do what they need to do but again we will not stop until the police is called in to do a sweep.”
Also, during the demonstration, Woods apologized for comments made on Tuesday as it relates to the promotion of female workers.
“I made the statement in the heat of the moment and for that reason I’d like to be the bigger person and comeback and withdraw the statement I made,” Woods said.
The BUSAWU head said they will continue to demonstrate until their issues are addressed.