DPT Staff Express Concerns About Director

February 17, 2022 | 10 Comments

BIU members of the Department of Public Transportation [DPT] noted that they have filed two ‘Votes of No Confidence’ in the DPT Director, and said that while “Government is celebrating the arrival of the new buses,” they “have never seen the morale so low” and “would even go further by saying that DPT is in crisis mode.”

A spokesperson said, “We wish to inform the motoring public, that the BIU Members of the Department of Public Transportation [DPT] had filed a Vote of No Confidence in the Director of DPT, Mr. Roger Todd back in December of 2021.

“The position of the membership was filed with the Permanent Secretary [PS], Ms. Jasmin Smith to inform her that we felt that Mr. Todd is inadequate as a Director. That would have been the second time we have filed a Vote of No Confidence in Mr. Todd.”

The spokesperson alleged that “he has failed the staff and the motoring public, by failing to carry out his obligations, and has made decisions that the majority of the staff felt was detrimental to the service.”

“Mr. Todd, throughout the labor relations process, has ignored the Collective Bargaining Agreement [CBA] between the Bermuda Industrial Union and the Bermuda Government. We feel that his position has been supported by the Permanent Secretary who refuses to honour the CBA as well.

“As employees of DPT we have never seen the morale so low, we would even go further by saying that DPT is in crisis mode. Government is celebrating the arrival of the new buses but we have been promised a cafeteria for years now and still do not have one.

“It is time for the Minister, the PS, or whomever is in charge to realize that Mr Todd is not the man for DPT.”

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  1. Tom says:

    Maybe the staff need recharging? Lol

  2. Joe Bloggs says:

    I wish I could choose who my boss is and demand a new cafeteria!

  3. comfortably numb says:

    I realize bus driving is a very sedentary occupation but, looking at the size of the average bus driver, the last thing they need is a cafeteria; a gym, maybe?

  4. MADDOG says:

    Always blame the boss – it’s so much easier than taking accountability for yourselves…maybe Mr. Todd should file a a vote of no confidence against all you BIU members that strike at any sign of discomfort or challenge – I vote for a NO CONFIDENCE in public bus transportation

  5. LetariatPro says:

    lol a cafeteria, It is alarming to see yet another vote of no confidence on another of the governments appointees, however, hard to side with the drivers on this one.

    • watching says:

      Directors are not government appointees. Neither is the Education Commissioner. They are hired through the PSC. Their positions have nothing to do with who is the Government of the day.

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        “Directors are not government appointees. … Their positions have nothing to do with who is the Government of the day.”

        That is the theory, but it is certainly not the way things work in reality.

        In reality, every current Permanent Secretary has been appointed with the support of the Minister of the day, and for most of the last 24 years the relevant Minister has been part of a PLP Government

  6. Long Bay Trading says:

    Could it be because the Director is asking you to actually work?

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