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Rolle promises that govt will be fair with BPSU

Following claims from Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) President Kimsley Ferguson that negotiations over his members’ industrial agreement has come to a standstill, Minister of Public Service and National Service Brensil Rolle maintained yesterday that the government has been negotiating in good faith.

“I think we have gone through several issues and several concerns and we are in a position to address most of the concerns with regards to their conditions to work that are reasonable,” Rolle told The Nassau Guardian.

“I think what has not been concluded yet is the salary package that everyone has been talking about and I said to the president that I could not confirm the salary side of the discussion until the minister of finance has done his homework and that is an understanding I think we’ve had for the last couple of weeks.”

Ferguson said last week that his union has been away from the negotiation table for 10 weeks.

“We were promised that we would get a counter proposal regarding the finances of that particular negotiation, hence we haven’t received anything,” he said.

The union is requesting salary increases, lump sum payments and salary reviews for its members.

But Rolle said yesterday that they are still waiting for the Ministry of Finance to crunch its numbers, noting that he could not “specifically speak to the numbers or as to when we are going to conclude that part of the negotiations but everything else has been concluded as far as I know”.

“There are some issues that are national in scope and one of those is salary or the salary component of their negotiations that requires a total government effort and that’s where we’re at,” Rolle continued.

“We’ve spoken to the government about the issues that they’ve raised, the salary proposal that they are expecting, and the government will come back to them with what is reasonable and what the government could offer.”

He further sought to assure BPSU and its members that he will ensure that they get what is due to them.

“We will negotiate in good faith and there is understanding and I said to the president that I will not blindside him as the minister and I’m sure he will not do it as the president of the union,” Rolle said.

“Once he operates in good faith and we are honest and upright with one another, the results will come and we will agree on what they are and if we have reason to disagree, we will all shake hands and understand that we disagree.

“I am resolute in seeking to make sure a public officer gets what is due to them and I understand the difficulty of where we are as a government and as a country, so I just keep those things in mind and try to balance them out.

ollowing claims from Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) President Kimsley Ferguson that negotiations over his members’ industrial agreement has come to a standstill, Minister of Public Service and National Service Brensil Rolle maintained yesterday that the government has been negotiating in good faith.

“I think we have gone through several issues and several concerns and we are in a position to address most of the concerns with regards to their conditions to work that are reasonable,” Rolle told The Nassau Guardian.

“I think what has not been concluded yet is the salary package that everyone has been talking about and I said to the president that I could not confirm the salary side of the discussion until the minister of finance has done his homework and that is an understanding I think we’ve had for the last couple of weeks.”

Ferguson said last week that his union has been away from the negotiation table for 10 weeks.

“We were promised that we would get a counter proposal regarding the finances of that particular negotiation, hence we haven’t received anything,” he said.

The union is requesting salary increases, lump sum payments and salary reviews for its members.

But Rolle said yesterday that they are still waiting for the Ministry of Finance to crunch its numbers, noting that he could not “specifically speak to the numbers or as to when we are going to conclude that part of the negotiations but everything else has been concluded as far as I know”.

“There are some issues that are national in scope and one of those is salary or the salary component of their negotiations that requires a total government effort and that’s where we’re at,” Rolle continued.

“We’ve spoken to the government about the issues that they’ve raised, the salary proposal that they are expecting, and the government will come back to them with what is reasonable and what the government could offer.”

He further sought to assure BPSU and its members that he will ensure that they get what is due to them.

“We will negotiate in good faith and there is understanding and I said to the president that I will not blindside him as the minister and I’m sure he will not do it as the president of the union,” Rolle said.

“Once he operates in good faith and we are honest and upright with one another, the results will come and we will agree on what they are and if we have reason to disagree, we will all shake hands and understand that we disagree.

“I am resolute in seeking to make sure a public officer gets what is due to them and I understand the difficulty of where we are as a government and as a country, so I just keep those things in mind and try to balance them out.”

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