On Friday afternoon (February 7), the Minister of Home Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Michael Fahy, JP, convened a meeting with members of the Tripartite Economic Committee to continue discussions relating to shared sacrifice.

Friday’s meeting was attended by members from the Bermuda Trade Union Congress, including Bermuda Industrial Union President Chris Furbert, as well as members from the Chamber of Commerce, the Bermuda Employers Council and the Bermuda Hotel Association.

The aim of the gathering was to provide the Minister and Government representatives and members of the committee with an overview of what additional steps could be taken to further ease the burdens being faced by Bermudians during these tough economic times.

At the heart of the meeting were two presentations; one given by a local grocery representative and the other by the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Minister Fahy, who is the Chairman of the Tripartite Economic Committee said, “This was a very timely meeting. Granted, we had a very difficult week which resulted in emotions and tensions running high due to a labour matter. Fortunately, we were able to resolve the labour differences and this was only accomplished by ensuring that there was a collaborative effort between Government, the BIU and the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.

“Friday’s meeting was a testament that despite the labour challenges, we can manage to come together in a harmonious way and work towards finding solutions for the betterment of Bermuda.”

Minister Fahy continued, “This Government recognises that we are still living in some very tough times where many Bermudians remain unemployed, where people are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table for their families, and where they are desperately trying to fulfil their basic obligations.

“So Friday, we convened a meeting to hear two very important presentations on just what can be done to help ease the burden for Bermudians.”

The Minister also confirmed that next week, he will convene a meeting of the Labour Advisory Council to further the discussion on various labour matters.

Minister Fahy concluded, “Overall we had a very positive and productive gathering and I very much look forward to furthering our dialogue with all our union partners to ensure that we are all doing the best we can for those who matter most – the people of Bermuda.”