A joint counterproposal from the unions was sent via email last night at around eight thirty to the Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight. Yesterday was the deadline for the unions to submit recommendations as alternatives to the ten percent salary cut, and the freeze of increments. Love News understands that the 8-page document included an estimated six primary recommendations. The leaders of the BNTU, PSU, and the APSSM spoke on a local channel this morning where they ventilated their views on the economic crisis. First Vice President of the Public Service Union, Dean Flowers, went as far as alleging that the unions were played by the present administration. BNTU’s Elena Smith further stated that the situation regarding salary cut was mixed with politics.
Senator Elena Smith, President, BNTU: “Our people do feel that this was used as a political whatever word you want to put behind that because we had been hearing rumors for some time and the rumors were always rejected by those vying for office and then even after the election came and they won we kept hearing the rumors and still they were denied. So it comes across as if though they already knew and the discussion out there is that they wanted to do this after elections because they didn’t want it to affect the outcome of the elections and so when we see that that is exactly how it happened then you have no choice but to believe that that was the reason why it was not being shared with us prior to those elections.”
Dean Flowers, First Vice President, Public Service Union: “Look the now government was the then opposition. Their role was to criticize and to study government policy and decisions and to criticize those. For this administration to now come forward and say “Well we neva know ih mi so bad.” it leaves a lot to be desired where Her Majesty’s loyal opposition was concerned thirteen years ago. You know so while there are those who may want to call out the union I want to say that the union exists not to primarily play the role of the opposition but now our role has expanded and the fact that the government is using the fact that they didn’t know it was this bad as an excuse it shows that we had poor representation and they were not doing what they should have been doing for thirteen years in ensuring that they were keeping the government in check to ensure we were not down this path. So yes we have been played by the government and as I said the workers of this country have stated clearly that they don’t believe that once again they are to be looked at to solve an economic crisis which this administration and the past administration created over the last fort years of our existence.”
Love News understands that the counterproposal was also copied to the Government representatives including Ministers Henry Charles Usher, Christopher Coye and Deputy Prime Minister Cordel Hyde. A hard-copy was hand delivered this morning.