BPSU: Recognition Of International Workers’ Day

May 1, 2024 | 0 Comments

“In recognition of International Workers’ Day, the Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU] pays tribute to the committed and dedicated workers around the world,” BPSU General Secretary Kevin Grant said.

Mr Grant said, “While acknowledging the many victories achieved within the labour movement, the BPSU also reflects on the struggles many have experienced, and continue to endure, while advocating for workers’ rights.

“On this May Day, let us remember those who fought for the rights of all workers.

“All workers have benefited from the labour movement’s fight for essential benefits including vacation leave, maternity leave, sick leave, bereavement leave, etc. More recently, there have been legislative changes to increase paternity leave, allowing fathers to spend more time with newborns. The recent prohibition of bullying and sexual harassment in the workplace and the implementation of a minimum wage also serves as a reminder of the hard-won gains of the labour movement.

“The International Trade Union Confederation and Public Services International have highlighted the importance of democracy, noting that ‘There is no Democracy without Trade Unions’ and that ‘Peace and Democracy require public services and the workers who provide them’. These profound statements underscore the integral role trade unions play in upholding democracy and advocating for workers’ rights.

“Going forward, stakeholder consultation and open dialogue on pressing issues that impact workers is essential. The rising cost of living continues to disintegrate the purchasing power of the average worker, pensions are underfunded, and the cost of health insurance is downright outrageous! To address these significant challenges, a collaborative tripartite effort is required.

“The BPSU is committed to the continued advocacy for a fair and just workplace for all workers. Lest we forget.”

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