BPSU Address ‘Divisive Rhetoric’

March 23, 2024 | 3 Comments

In response to recent remarks by OBA candidate Robert King, the Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU] issued a statement addressing the “divisive rhetoric”.

BPSU President Armell Thomas said, “Dear Brothers and Sisters, In response to recent remarks by OBA Candidate, Mr. Robert King, insinuating that “many are leaving this island because they do not feel their needs are getting addressed by a Black civil service,” I am compelled to address this divisive rhetoric and reaffirm the resolute support of your union.

“Let us be unequivocal: attributing the decision to leave our island solely to the racial composition of our civil service is not only misguided but deeply divisive. It undermines the integrity and dedication of every member of our diverse civil service who works tirelessly to serve Bermuda with unwavering commitment, regardless of race.

“It is essential to confront the broader complexities influencing migration patterns, including economic challenges, limited job opportunities, and the high cost of living. Such factors have a far-reaching impact on individuals’ decisions and cannot be reduced to simplistic narratives based on race.

“As your union, we categorically reject any attempt to vilify Public Officers based on their race. We stand firm in our belief that the colour of one’s skin bears no relevance to their ability to serve our community effectively. Our members, irrespective of race, ethnicity, or background, contribute to the fabric of our civil service and work diligently to meet the needs of Bermuda’s residents every single day.

“Moreover, we must recognize the immense strength found in our diversity. Embracing our differences and fostering an inclusive environment within our civil service not only enriches our collective experience but also strengthens our capacity to serve the people of Bermuda with excellence.

“In conclusion, let us reaffirm our unwavering commitment to unity, solidarity, and mutual respect within our civil service and our broader community. Together, we will continue to champion a Bermuda where all individuals are valued, respected, and empowered to thrive.”

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  1. Hey says:

    Are ell Thomas is a Karen, who would have thought.

  2. Joe Bloggs says:

    Well, we now know who defends the civil service. And it is not the PLP Government.

  3. X oba voter says:

    The OBA doesn’t care about the Civil Service so we can all forget about voting for them.

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