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Column: Ministers Responsibility, Accountability

Column: Ministers Responsibility, Accountability

[Opinion column written by Jason Hayward] The events leading up to and following the release of the Commission of Inquiry Report have been highly upsetting and distasteful. The Bermuda Public Services Union is on record stating that we support the principles of accountability and transparency, and therefore, the Union had no objection to the mandate... Read more of this article

Column: Unemployment & Shifting Job Market

Column: Unemployment & Shifting Job Market

[Opinion column written by Jason Hayward] Since 2007, Bermuda has lost roughly 6,500 jobs resulting in a decline of 3,696 Bermudian jobs. While Bermuda’s economy has shown some signs of stabilizing, it is not growing at an adequate rate to produce new jobs. Business efficiencies and competitiveness have caused employers to re-examine pre-recession... Read more of this article

Column:  A Workforce Development Plan

Column: A Workforce Development Plan

[Opinion column written by Jason Hayward] In February 2017, I was fortunate to be invited along with four other Bermudian professionals to take part in a 10-day International Visitor Leadership Program. This program was facilitated by the United States’ Department of State in conjunction with the U.S. Consulate in Bermuda. The focus of the International... Read more of this article

Column: Social And Economic Empowerment

Column: Social And Economic Empowerment

[Opinion column written by Jason Hayward] We often we fall victim to consuming ourselves with discussions on issues that truly do not matter; issues that do nothing to change the social and economic realities of our lives or to reduce the racial and class divide in this Country. Even though I do not like it, I admit I find myself doing much of the... Read more of this article

Column: Viable Option For Economic Growth

Column: Viable Option For Economic Growth

[Opinion column written by BPSU President Jason Hayward] In October 2016, a delegation from the Bermuda Trade Union Congress [BTUC] attended the Quebec 2016 International Summit of Cooperatives. The event attracted more than 2,500 participants from 93 countries, bringing together managers, decision-makers and leaders of cooperatives and mutual enterprises... Read more of this article

Column: Social Investment Strategy For Bermuda

Column: Social Investment Strategy For Bermuda

[Opinion column written by BPSU President Jason Hayward] One of the fundamental roles of Government is to look out for the welfare of its people and provide social safety nets that prevents Bermudians from falling through the cracks. In my 2016 Labour Day address, I proposed that the Bermuda Government strengthen the social welfare benefits offered... Read more of this article

Column: A Look At Cost Of Living Adjustments

Column: A Look At Cost Of Living Adjustments

[Opinion column written by BPSU President Jason Hayward] Cost of Living Adjustments [COLAs] are adjustments made to an employee’s wage or salary primarily based on a country’s rate of inflation. In unionized environments, COLAs form a part of the collective agreement and are negotiated with the employer. In non-unionized environments, however, COLAs... Read more of this article

Column: Classical Liberalism & Political Ideology

Column: Classical Liberalism & Political Ideology

[Opinion column written by BPSU President Jason Hayward] Recently Marc Bean, the Leader of the Progressive Labour Party did something that was rare in Bermuda; he spoke openly about his political ideology. Dialogue by our leaders on political ideology has been lacking in our society for some time now so it was interesting to hear Marc Bean present his... Read more of this article

Column: Approach To Public Sector Management

Column: Approach To Public Sector Management

[Opinion column written by Jason Hayward] For decades, the method of public sector governance in Bermuda has not experienced much change. In fact, until the OBA Government’s establishment of the SAGE Commission in 2013, public service studies had been conducted without any large-scale discussion or implementation. Yes, the service did evolve and... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Do All That You Can As An Individual’

Column: ‘Do All That You Can As An Individual’

[Opinion column written by BPSU President Jason Hayward] During last week’s protest, I had an opportunity to engage in constructive dialogue with many of my fellow Bermudians. One morning, a small group of us were having a conversation regarding living a purposeful life when one brother, who was in his mid-twenties, stated: “Isn’t life just about... Read more of this article

Column: Govt Must Engage In Real Consultation

Column: Govt Must Engage In Real Consultation

[Opinion column written by BPSU President Jason Hayward] It is becoming undeniably clear that persons in our community are dissatisfied with many of the Government’s current policy initiatives and are also equally frustrated with the method by which these policies are being rolled out. The Government must take into consideration the socio-cultural... Read more of this article

Column: The Accountability Of Real Leaders

Column: The Accountability Of Real Leaders

[Opinion column written by BPSU President Jason P. Hayward] In her recent opinion column, Senator Lynne Woolridge provides an overview of the delineation of responsibilities between Ministers and the public services in an attempt to remove accountability from Ministers. The Senator states: ”There are Cabinet Ministers and Junior Ministers. Between... Read more of this article

Column: “Fair & Reasonable” Corporate Taxation

Column: “Fair & Reasonable” Corporate Taxation

[Opinion column written by BPSU President Jason Hayward] In March 2015, John Charman, the CEO and chairman of Bermuda-based Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd, made a case in support of the introduction of corporate taxation in Bermuda. In his interview with the media he articulated some key points highlighting:The levying of corporate tax would disarm... Read more of this article