BPSU Observes World Day For Decent Work

October 8, 2013

The Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU] joined the international trade union movement in acknowledging World Day for Decent Work on Monday [Oct 7].

BPSU President Kevin Grant said, “This recognition is a global out cry for decent work for all and an end to continuous attacks on trade unions around the world. Advocating for decent work reinforces the need for decent salaries, safe working conditions, and job security.

“The Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU] embarked on a campaign this past summer promoting Quality Public Services. The campaign advocated for employees to be reliable, assuring, responsive and empathetic and more importantly for employers to respect the rights of workers.”

BPSU President Kevin Grant’s full remarks follow below:

Today, a harsh reality is that the economic conditions dominating the environment have unfortunately allowed for precarious work to flourish. Precarious employment tends to target the more vulnerable worker who has to settle for part-time, temporary, and on-call employment.

These workers have to rely on work only when it is available and are struggling in an environment that provides no real stability. With this as a backdrop, we find that governments today are still adamant that contract work and privatization of public services are viable austerity measures.

On October 7, 2013 the international trade union movement will be acknowledging World Day for Decent Work. This recognition is a global out cry for decent work for all and an end to continuous attacks on trade unions around the world. Advocating for decent work reinforces the need for decent salaries, safe working conditions, and job security.

Providing decent work equates to the need for public services to be of a certain quality as they provide essential services for society. Quality public services are not only critical to the needs of society but are also required to facilitate creation of jobs and, more importantly, economic recovery.

The Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU] embarked on a campaign this past summer promoting Quality Public Services. The campaign advocated for employees to be reliable, assuring, responsive and empathetic and more importantly for employers to respect the rights of workers.

Brothers and sisters believe in the BPSU. Rest assured, we are aware of the need for decent work through quality public services and will continue to promote this initiative for the benefit of all workers both internationally and locally.

To this end, we join in the spirit of the international trade union movement by sending a resounding message to discourage precarious employment, privatization and austerity and to encourage decent work, quality public services and job security for all.

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  1. Somebody's Momma says:

    I love the BPSU TV commercial

  2. Word for the day... says:

    what a laugh, try paying a land tax bill between 4:50pm and 4:59pm.

    You better come back the next day.