BPSU To Host Meeting On Public Reform Act

October 2, 2014

The Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU] membership will be hosting a meeting for Government civil service workers on Tuesday, October 7, from 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church on Centennial Hall, Court in Hamilton. The agenda of the meeting will be on the Public Bodies Reform Act 2014, and members must produce BPSU membership ID.


Speaking earlier this year, Premier Michael Dunkley said, “The Government accepts that the cost of running Government and substantial debt threatens to destabilize the financial foundation of the organization; further, public expectations coupled with budget cuts require realignment of the organization and the delivery of services.

“The Public Service Reform Initiative represents a significant undertaking over a sustained period that will affect internal operations as well as the delivery of services. The working groups are our implementation teams and they will be held accountable for the delivery of the change initiatives assigned.”

Also speaking earlier this year, the BPSU said, “The Draft Bill 2014 is proposing to grant the ‘Efficiency and Reform Authority’ sweeping powers to reduce the number of public bodies and bring greater accountability, transparency and efficiency to the public sector.

“The Union implores all public officers to consider this legislation as reshaping their terms and conditions of employment.

“Many members of all ranks within the Civil Service have expressed their grave concern over the intention and the appearance to relegate the Civil service to an ‘administrative body’ with limited powers,” added the BPSU.

“Please be assured that this Union will do all that we can to encourage amendments, modifications, or the defeat of this 2014 Bill. At present, the Government has legislative powers to effect the combining of Departments or explore other options for greater efficiency, accountability and transparency.”

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  1. Coffee says:

    That meeting will be packed to capacity !

    • SMH says:

      That’s good because it means that everyone understands the magnitude of our debt and the fact the current size of our civil service is completely unsustainable and if WE don’t make the necessary cuts, then our foreign lenders will. Simple fact. Ask Barbados what happened to them

      • Kangoocar says:

        @SMH, what you said to coffee went right over her/his head??? Coffee is a typical Plp xenophobe, and hasn’t really learned the fact that other places already have had to learn the hard way!!!! Coffee has never once offered any kind of solution to the problems that his party created and now we have to deal with!!!! Coffee prefers to just light matches and keep throwing them on lighter fluid in the hope of total social unrest starts in the island!!!!! Sad really???

      • Yahoo says:

        Actually, it will be packed because it is during work hours. Any excuse to do even less work than usual!

        • ShowUp ... don't just be there says:

          Wow. Such an insultive post. There are some VERY good, hardworking Civil Servants. I will be there, not because of work hours – but, because of personal interest.

    • Strike fund says:

      Of course it will.

      It’s at 3pm. There’s nothing like getting out if work two hours early and still getting paid.

      Mind you if Fahys work permit changes go through there might once again be enough foreigners in the private sector to fund the bloated Public service wage bill without any job losses.

  2. hmmm says:

    “The Draft Bill 2014 is proposing to grant the ‘Efficiency and Reform Authority’ sweeping powers to reduce the number of public bodies and bring greater accountability, transparency and efficiency to the public sector.”

    Sounds like a good thing for Bermuda. If nothing is done then there won’t be any money to pay folks anyway. It’ll all be paying debt interest.

    Be a part of the solution and not part of the problem.

  3. Just a matter of time says:

    @hmmm. Have you actually read the draft Bill?. If you did you will quickly realize that it is not a good thing for Bda. Putting the power to chop up Govt Depts (which the UK Act which this Bill is based on does NOT do but instead focused on Quangos) in the hands of a few private sector individuals is unprecedented and not good for Bda.