MONDAY, JANUARY 7: Dock workers have not returned to work after holding an urgent meeting this morning, according to their employers Stevedoring Services.

The firm says it is treating the action as a strike and has informed the Minister for Labour Relations, Michael Fahy.

The Bermuda Sun understands that the Oleander, which arrived in Hamilton this morning, has still not been unloaded and is currently sitting idle in the port.

Peter L. Aldrich, CEO and General Manager of Stevedoring Services Ltd: "Stevedoring Services Ltd. regrets to inform the public that, after an unscheduled meeting this morning, the Port Workers Division of the Bermuda Industrial Union (BIU) have not returned to work.

"The Company views this as action short of a strike in an essential service per the Labour Relations Act 1975 and as such has notified the Minister and the Director of the Department of Labour and Training.

“We apologise for the inconvenience to our customers and the importing public and look forward to the Minister resolving this as quickly as possible.”

The dispute between unionized workers and Stevedoring Services has been rumbling on for several months now.

And the latest developments come after the firm announced it would be implementing temporary lay-offs in a bid to stay afloat.

In response unionized workers announced they would impose an over-time ban.

The Bermuda Industrial Union is expected to hold a press conference this afternoon and we will update this article as and when more news is forthcoming.