‘Head Of The Public Service is Final Determinant’

June 3, 2019 | 12 Comments

In response to “inquiries regarding pay for teachers in light of actions taken by the BUT on Friday, 31 May,” the Minister of Education said that “the Head of the Public Service is the final determinant of matters regarding industrial action pay, and therefore, is the governing body regarding compensation for teachers.”

On May 31st the Bermuda Union of Teachers [BUT] held an emergency meeting in the morning then gathered at Parliament, with all public schools being closed for the afternoon.

BUT members gather on Friday:

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A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Education has received an influx of inquiries regarding pay for teachers in light of actions taken by the BUT on Friday, 31 May, 2019.”

In response, the Minister of Education, Diallo Rabain said, “The Head of the Public Service is the final determinant of matters regarding industrial action pay, and therefore, is the governing body regarding compensation for teachers on 31 May, 2019.”

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  1. 2 Bermudas says:

    Pee El Pee!! Pee El Pee!! De OBA can find $77m for a boat race but can’t pay teachers for an illegal strike?! Maybe they will take BurtCoin instead?!?!
    Hahahaha!!!

    • What says:

      Fire all these teachers and privatize the schools! Give money to Montessori and Saltus to grow bigger and put this crap to rest!!

  2. La Verdad says:

    With stupid – not funny- comments like yours, no wonder there’s a perception of 2 Bermudas.

  3. Pork & Bean says:

    Pay to teaching would imply that they were teaching. If a teacher is not teaching and not ill, why would they expect to be paid?

  4. Question says:

    Of course they shouldn’t be paid. If they did it would another PLP screwup.

  5. Aranda Pitt says:

    There are 3 Heads of the Civil Service. O figure that! Dr. Binns, Marc Telemac and Col Lambe….so which one has to make the courageous decision. It’s rather simple Minister. No pay. No work. No pay. No notice to strike. No pay. Maybe the Union should let teachers know prior to their wild cat strikes that they won’t get paid. Then you will see how urgent the issue is or if they quickly come up with another way to get heard.

  6. comfortably numb says:

    Of course they will be paid, otherwise they will walk out again. With the PLP the tail wags the dog: after all, the unions, the People’s Campaign got them elected.

  7. Ringmaster says:

    Can someone explain why Bermuda has a Minister of Education, a Department of Education and the Head of the Public Service all having an involvement in Education, but no one seems to be in charge? No wonder it’s a mess.

  8. Moor says:

    Is it even a question? They failed to go to work.

  9. Gustav says:

    They will get Paid

  10. I dont think so says:

    While they may sign off, the Minister certainly has authority to give recommendations to this entity. Sorry Minister you dont get off that easily by passing the buck. Im pretty sure you have some say. In all pay disputes, prisons, bus drivers, I dont recall hearing a Minister say such. So dear Minister you’ve told us what you can’t do so what can you do to bring about resolve?

  11. La Verdad says:

    @ A Pitt…there is one Head of the Public Service: Dr Binns. And, he reports to the Premier/Governor. He can, but will not make an independent decision. He will liaise with the Premier but is not compelled to take his advice or directive, but he will, if he wants to keep his job. La Verdad.

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