The unions go all in, is it a bluff?

The unions have thrown down the gauntlet and demonstrated that they’re perfectly willing to disrupt America’s Cup and our islands reputation to achieve their political aims.

“There was a decision taken earlier today at the BIU meeting,” BIU President Chris Furbert said during the 2nd meeting.


“The final motion was that the BIU membership had decided not to return to work until this matter with Rev Tweed and the airport project is resolved.”


“What they added to that, was that we need to inform the Government that if these two matters are not resolved, then the America’s Cup will be in jeopardy.”

It is absolutely no surprise that it is coming to this. The writing has been on the wall for some time now that the unions and the PLP will disrupt the America’s Cup event to achieve their aims.  It reminds me of the stories of how we destroyed tourism in the 80s.

It’s a strong and early bluff for the unions.  It is widely suggested that the unions finances are not solid and haven’t been properly audited in years.  Many question whether they can afford an extended strike with workers not getting paid.  Four and a half months is a long time to go without pay. The OBA can either kick the can down the road and most certainly deal with strikes during the America’s Cup or they can hold strong and see who flinches first.