BPSU: Thank You To Public Service Employees

June 23, 2017

The Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU] joins with the rest of the world in celebration of UN Public Service Day today [June 23].

BPSU President Jason Hayward said, “The Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU] joins with the rest of the world in celebration of UN Public Service Day.

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“Public Service Day was established in 2003 by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 57/277 for the purpose of giving recognition for the invaluable contribution that public service makes to society.

“Many times we overlook the hard work and dedication of our public service employees and I encourage all residents to take time out of their schedule to simply say “thank you”. These are professionals who, over the years, have made significant contribution to our society.

“The public service offers a wide variety of occupations and opportunities, and as such, I invite our young people to consider a rewarding career within this vital sector of our economy.

“Our public service employees should be championed for their service. Instead, however, they seem to be under direct attack with many calling for cuts to public service jobs. Despite Government departments being understaffed and under-resourced, and salaries being stagnant over the past 6 years, our public service employees remain committed to serving the people of Bermuda.

“On this observance of the UN Public Service Day, I extend my appreciation to the public service workers who thanklessly serve the people of the Bermuda. Your commitment to serve your country and its citizenry is honorable and truly valued.”

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  1. sandgrownan says:

    Governments departments are not understaffed and under resourced. The fundamental issue is that public service employees are not held accountable and have guaranteed jobs – something those of us in the private sector don’t enjoy.

    Public Service employees should be thanking us for putting up with their bs.

    • Branch says:

      That’s not strictly true. There are many departments which are hugely understaffed, and these are typically the ones who do the work visible to the public. Did you know that of 5,017 Government Employees (Ref 17/18 budget book), just 6.8% are W&E employees? Check out these numbers for administrative staff:

      In the Legislature, there is one admin person for every 7 ministers/members.
      38% of staff in Legal Affairs are admin (5 of 13)
      HRC 8 admin (100% i.e. everyone is admin)
      Parliamentary Registrar 7 admin (100%)
      Ombudsman 6 admin (100%)
      Internal Audit 13 admin (100%)
      Information Commissioner’s Office 5 admin (100%)
      Privacy Commissioner’s Office 3 admin (100%)
      Cabinet Office 12 admin for 18 staff (67%)
      Office of Statistics 4 admin for 20 staff (20%)
      Human Resource Admin 25 for 1 staff (seriously – it’s right there in the budget book)
      ITO 7 admin for 34 staff
      Office of Project Management & Procurement 7 admin (100%)
      Judicial 6 for 61 (9%)
      Social Development 12 admin for 6 staff.

      You get the idea.

      In W&E, there are 2 admin staff for 339 employees, including 79 looking after vehicles, and 67 working on roads.

      • sandgrownan says:

        5,017 civil servants. Unsustainable and we know it’s true.

        We know they are, largely, unaccountable and have jobs for life. We know many “down tools” at the drop of a hat.

        As I said, civil servants should be thanking the rest of us for supporting them.

        • Branch says:

          Apologies. You had said “Governments departments are not understaffed and under resourced”. My point was more that the resources are in the wrong place. The departments which do the work are understaffed, the paper shufflers are overstaffed.

          • sandgrownan says:

            Fair enough

          • Betty Boop says:

            Then they need to go, less waste at Gov. means more $ for all of the rest like the Elderly and Children.

    • Mother Theresa says:

      I couldn’t have said that better myself. As former CS I can say first hand that the things I witnessed durning my 10 years working for government were disgraceful. Things that people in other jurisdictions would have not only lost their jobs over, but would have been stripped of their professional designations and prosecuted over. Deplorable at best. No wonder we have so many social problems. You have incompetence running the show.

  2. Onion says:

    Now that he is a political candidate why hasn’t Hayward resigned?

    • inna says:

      Both Ottiwell Simmons and Derrick Burgess were presidents of the BIU for years while also an MP.

      • Mother Theresa says:

        Major conflict of interest. Much like Jason “Civil War” Hayward. What a joke…….please give me a break. I can’t imagine these clowns running the show. We will go to hell in a hand basket and fast!!

  3. wahoo says:

    Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Kinda of like the sign in the registrar’s offices saying how much the union loves it’s members….of course you do they pay the dues.

  4. Joe says:

    and this clueless guy is running for office now lawd help us