A clear decision on whether there will be fresh elections for the Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union has not yet been made.
This considering that court of appeal ruled that a judicial review of the director of labour’s decision as registrar of trade unions could not be heard, rather that the registrar’s decision had to be appealed before the Minister of Labour.
The court did not rule on the merits of the case, considering the minister may still have to decide on the matter.
The respondents charge that the labour minister decided, upholding the registrar’s decision not to certify the elections without hearing the matter. The respondents now say they will write to the minister, pointing out that the appeal had not been heard.
The respondents further charge that it is unconstitutional for the minister to sit in appeal of his own public service advisor’s decision and to sit in appeal where the employer is a government owned corporation, being a member of the government himself.