Union leaders petition to honour victims

Union leaders petition to honour victims
Bernard Evans

“It’s unfortunate but tragedy brings people together,” according to President of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) Bernard Evans, who alongside other union official on Wednesday, annouced a candlelight vigil to be held in honour of the four women who died tragically on Labour Day, last Friday.

Evans noted the refreshing unity this tragedy has brought about and said the vigil will be held this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the site of the accident on East and Shirley Streets.

Evans said all the unions have put their differences aside to come together for the families of the victims who were killed.

“A unique thing happened this time around,” Evan noted.

“If we did not march together this time, the nurses union wouldn’t have been directly behind the financial union. To me, that was an act of God on why we need to continue to march together.”

Evans said that all of the union buildings were being adorned for the victims to be remembered.

“One thing we did, we did petition the government on the renaming of the area called Burma road – to commemorate such an area – that’s such a tangible spot, that began the revolution that begun the march of the Bahamian people.

“I can now see the names of those that have lost their lives this Labour Day also be memorialized at that place.

Evans said the petition was received positively from Labour Minister Dion Foulkes and Minister of Works Desmond Bannister.

A memorial service will also be held 7:00 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, on Shirley street Monday, June 11.