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Nov 7, 2018

Does DPM Faber Fear a Joint Unions Strike?

On Tuesday, the Joint Utility Unions issued a press release supporting B.N.T.U.  The endorsement comes ahead of a scheduled meeting with Minister Faber on November twelfth.  So, what if things don’t work out for the union following the upcoming meeting, is the Deputy Prime Minister concerned about industrial action?

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now if the meeting does not yield for the core of the union what they are seeking from you, the Joint Utility Unions has offered to lend its support.  I guess the impression being that if it’s a matter of taking it to the streets that they’re also prepared to do so in solidarity with B.N.T.U.  Is this of any concern to you that what happens today may lead to something else in the days ahead.”

 

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“It has to, but as I’ve said you know, as I understand the issues coming from the B.N.T.U., there is nothing that can’t be resolved in that manner. Sometime ago when the issues were, the demands were made of the prime minister for instance, there were some of those issues, you looked at them plainly and the government can’t do this, you know, or it’s very difficult to get this done.  There is nothing that I have seen, to be honest with you, that I don’t think we can overcome and we can’t come up with some solution on if we would sit and talk as I’ve invited them to do on Monday.”

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