Minister Foggo Holds Meeting With BPSU

January 26, 2018 | 28 Comments

Minister for the Cabinet Office with Responsibility for Government Reform Lovitta Foggo held her first Government Reform Agenda Meeting with the Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU] yesterday [Jan 25], saying “we believe their input and active participation is imperative to the success of innovation in Government.”

A Government spokesperson said, “The Government of Bermuda is committed to ensuring strong, fair and productive labour relations with its union partners.

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“In that regard, upon the conclusion of each of the Union negotiations, the Minister for the Cabinet Office with Responsibility for Government Reform, Lovitta Foggo will be meeting with its partners to commence discussions around the Government’s Reform Agenda.

“Minister Foggo’s first Government Reform Agenda Meeting took place yesterday [Jan. 25] with the Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU].

“The Government has set out several reform initiatives in its Operating Plan and seeks to engage Union partners in a strategic planning exercise. The strategic plan will provide a comprehensive roadmap to achieve more efficient delivery of quality public service.

Minister Foggo said, “As I have stated, our relationship with our Union partners will be based on mutual respect, regular communication, proactive policies and teamwork. Yesterday’s meeting was aimed at discussing change management and agreeing a way forward, as we believe their input and active participation is imperative to the success of innovation in Government.”

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“The public should note that Minister Foggo has highlighted some recent success regarding union engagement.

“In particular, late last year, Government completed negotiations with several union partners, which saw the signing of their respective Collective Bargaining Agreements [CBA].

“This was in keeping with Government’s promise to conclude negotiations with the public sector unions to ensure a healthy partnership for the delivery of critical services to the community.

“CBA’s have been executed with the Bermuda Public Services Union and the Fire Services Association. Agreements in principle have been reached with the Bermuda Industrial Union and the Bermuda Union of Teachers.”

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  1. somuchless says:

    So you have a meeting with the bpsu and who is on the bpsu team? Jason Hayward. But isnt he a current sitting senator as well? Sounds like a major conflict of interest. But why should I even be surprised with the plp.

  2. nerema says:

    So when Jason Hayward was there, was he attending as the President of the BPSU, with his priority to do the best for his members, regardless of the effect on all other Bermudians?

    Or was he attending as Minister of Education and Workforce Development, with his priority to do the best for all Bermudians, regardless of the effect on BPSU members?

    • Zevon says:

      No answer to that is there. There is no excuse for the conflict of interest.

  3. Good to see this Government dialoging with sharehilders before making decisions, unlike the Dictatorship party that just went out.

    • Onion says:

      The OBA met with experts, made good decisions, and then had the PLP lie about it and manufacture dissent. Now the PLP are in power and they’ll make exactly the same decisions as the OBA (that they previously opposed) and you will support them.

    • nerema says:

      No, they were just talking among themselves before doing whatever they want.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      OJ, really? Yes, the OBA had communication issues with the public, but “dictator”? I think we need to go back about 6 or 7 years to find a dictator in Bermuda.

    • Mark says:

      Trolling much? The trump/plp parties are so obviously the dictators that i cant tell if youre trolling or truly believe this. Either way, keep it to yourseld please. You dont represent my country.

  4. Onion says:

    Ah yes, the PLP meeting with itself.

    • wahoo juice says:

      Ha ha! That pretty much sums it up – talking to themselves.

    • Silence Do Good says:

      Outstanding that is how you get things done with sheeple, stack the deck.

      How quickly we forget the last time the PLP were in power and the continuous wildcat strikes and marches by the unions. I guess they learned and stacked the deck in their favor this time around. I wonder if they will make all union leaders Senators?

      I hope the mutually beneficial relationship continues between the powers to be and the workers, who happened to vote in both the politician and union leadership. Time will tell.

  5. Realist says:

    Ah yes because the unions totally control the Government even though the Government pays the salaries! Reform…there will be no reform other than to increase the size of government and to continue with poor fiscal and human resource management.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Poor fiscal and human resource management? If government hires unemployed people then government is creating jobs and reducing the unemployment level. Have you not been paying attention to our premier?

      • Antlee says:

        Are you suggesting that the Premier has floated the idea of reducing unemployment by enlarging the Civil Service??? And are you also suggesting that would be a good example of “human resource management”???? C’mon now Joe…please stop.

      • Antlee says:

        Are you saying that the Premier has floated the idea of reducing unemployment by enlarging the Civil Service?? And are you further suggesting that to be a good idea???? C’mon now Joe….please stop.

  6. Jane says:

    are they working on the union financials so we can see where our money is going? …long long overdue or they keeping secrets and deceiving us again?

  7. smitty says:

    “In particular, late last year, Government completed negotiations with several union partners, which saw the signing of their respective Collective Bargaining Agreements [CBA].” Wasn’t the OBa the government late last year? I thought the PLP reported that OBA ignored everything..

    Lots of ‘agenda’ and ‘reform’ words out there. So what exactly IS the agenda and WHAT is being reformed and how?

    Watch it people..REFORM will mean positioning Bermuda to be an independent country.

  8. Infidelguy says:

    It’s photo op time folks! You BPSU members better hope you don’t get into a major dispute with this government because it’s unlikely either of these two guys are gonna have your best interests at heart.

  9. Triangle Drifter says:

    Look at that. A club meeting. Here we have a Minister, who has long been on the Government payroll, meeting with a bunch of others who are on that same payroll.

    The lack of talent in the PLP pool sure shows when you see this lack of diversity. Of course the biggest voting base i.e. those getting a Government paycheck, think this is just fine.

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