No one likes to see anyone lose a job, but this dispute has more to do with the BIU trying to flex its muscles than a genuine concern for the wellbeing of the workers.
Apparently, this hotel is the last to employ bar porters, a role which is an absolute anachronism. If inadequate notice was given to the union, so what? The real issue is whether the employers are being given redundancy in line with their collective agreement.
Increasingly, labour disputes concern arguments over whether the often tortuous process was followed, not the heart of the matter.
No business happily lets a staff member go. But they must have the freedom to make good financial decisions to ensure the viability of their businesess. If Fairmont can’t afford to keep these staff on, then that has to be accepted. Better ten job losses than a closed hotel.
The Government was very quick to welcome the investments being made by the Green family in Bermuda, and while this certainly does not give an employer carte blanche to act as they wish, the Government needs to be sure its actions in this dispute encourage more foreign investment and don’t drive it away.