[World History Archives]

The contemporary political history
of the Bahamas

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   History in general of the Bahamas

Bahamian Government Defends Gay Rights
Centr-Am News, week of 12-18 April 1998. The "Let's Save the Bahamas Campaign" lobbies for a stricter anti-sodomy law and against the arrival of cruise ships with gay passengers.
Protesters storm Bahamas parliament
By Athena Damianos, Reuters, 24 March 1999. Hundreds of union workers stormed the Bahamas parliament on Wednesday to protest against privatization of the state-owned telephone company. Simmering anger over a host of government decisions on labor issues.
Minimum wage legislation bad news
Antigua Sun, 30 June 2000. An independent group of Bahamian lawyers, accountants, economists and business owners, The Institute for Economic Freedom, said that a minimum wage at US$1.90 for the public sector and US$1.75 for private sector workers, would create unemployment.
Threat of serious industrial unrest: Union leaders hold marathon meeting with Prime Minister
By Mark Symonette, Nassau Guardian, 5 July 2000. Labour leaders united against provisions in government's proposed labour Bills. Leroy "Duke" Hanna, president of the National Congress of Trade Unions (NCTU), and Obie Ferguson, head of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) met with the Prime Minister.
House debates Health and Safety Bill
By Keva Lightbourne, The Nassau Guardian, 28 July 2000. The Bill is the government's attempt to provide for workers a minimum protection package guaranteed to ensure their health and safety in the workplace. The Employment Bill and the Minimum Wages Bill have already been debated.