Yesterday’s [Sept 30] sitting of Magistrates Court appeared to have been cancelled, with unofficial reports indicating it was correlated with the decision to have civil servants take one day off a month as a cost saving measure.
At the scheduled morning start of Magistrate’s Court yesterday, a Court clerk told all waiting defendants and lawyers that all the Magistrates were involved in a “meeting.”
At 2:35pm, five minutes after Magistrates Court should have re-started, Bernews was told again that the Magistrates were still meeting. Unofficial reports indicate the meetings revolved around trying to sort out how the monthly day off situation would be handled.
In July all six Unions agreed to what amounted to a 4.6% deduction in their overall package, with employees set to receive one unpaid and un-worked day per month. Government said this is estimated to save $21 million in the first year
We sought clarification from Government yesterday and today, and will update as able.