A three-year Industrial Agreement was signed between The Bahamas Antiquities Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) and the Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) at the Office of the Prime Minister, Monday, July 3, 2023. The agreement began on July 1, 2022 and ends on June 30, 2025.
AMMC Chair Rosel Moxey said, “It is without a doubt that the staff at AMMC is composed of persons who are truly dedicated to promoting, preserving and sharing the history and antiquities of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”
The Chair added, “Team AMMC deserves every effort that the Board and this union can provide to ensure a healthy environment in which they can develop and thrive. There is no successful organization that does not start with a happy and productive team.”
Therefore, she said the signing of the agreement as a sign as another step in that regard.
Ms. Moxey also noted that the staff has already been benefitting from the terms negotiated since July 1, 2022.
The BPSU President, Kimsley Ferguson said since July 1, 2022, the staff has already received salary increases, but they will also be experiencing additional increases.
In addition, Mr. Ferguson said during every year of the agreement, the employees will receive salary increases.
He did note that the union and the AMMC were not able to come to an agreement on a hazard allowance but discussions will continue on that front.
“The process at arriving at that particular conclusion is something that has to go before the Ministry of the Public Service which actually has control over that, and those concerns would have been forwarded.”
Mr. Ferguson said while they were not able to address the hazard allowance issue in a timely fashion, he believes that since a number of the AMMC staff work under those conditions, he believes they will be successful in getting a hazard allowance.