With that said, another question arises. Who is fibbing, and who is telling the truth? The unions told the media today that they have the proof in black and white that it was the government who made the proposal. Presidents for the BNTU and APSSM Elena Smith and Sharon Frazer say that a letter from the Financial Secretary proves that it was GOB who proposed the salary for all public officers and teachers.
Senator Elena Smith, President, BNTU: “We were told that the figures would amount to about 10% or so and that is where we got that 10% from based on the response that we were given at that meeting when the joint unions met with them that’s where the 10% came from. It was across the board. We do understand that there are persons out there who are saying that it could be more, it could be as high as 15% but that is not what we were told so we are going based on what we were told in terms of that thing. Where it said that – approach is expected to achieve the targeted reduction of $60 million per year in an across the board salary cut of 10%.”
Reporter: Who said that ?
Senator Elena Smith, President, BNTU: “We have it in writing from Financial Secretary.”
Reporter: Junior officers who make up to $1,000 per month should not be affected and they’re saying that neither should front line workers.
Sharon Frazer, President, APSSM: “That is definitely not true. Initially when we went to the first joint – I will speak to when we went to the first joint union consultation. We pressed. I know sister Elena was the one who for the most part pressed on what it is that you are proposing. Before they even went to that I remember myself, and brother Dean sitting beside me said “if it is you want to consider a cut why not stagger it ?” We were the ones who made that proposal. In fact we had indicated that so there would not be social inequity that maybe it is you could consider a different percentage for the officers who are at the lower income bracket -we made that presentation. So I don’t know who is saying what and I remember clearly myself and brother Dean saying that. They were talking about a cut across the board, no segregation of this person or that person or whatever it was simply across the board. Now how can it be that we would be misleading our members when this across the board is in black and white that was sent to us by the Financial Secretary on behalf of the government negotiating team ? So we are not misleading our members, that was put in writing to us.”