Outgoing BPSU president Kevin Grant wrote: “There is no time for infighting, backstabbing, and quarrelling on petty issues that only distract us from concentrating on the more serious and pertinent matters that affect us from effectively representing our members."
Outgoing BPSU president Kevin Grant wrote: “There is no time for infighting, backstabbing, and quarrelling on petty issues that only distract us from concentrating on the more serious and pertinent matters that affect us from effectively representing our members."

Outgoing Bermuda Public Services Union president Kevin Grant has spurred on members to put aside petty issues and take the “time to stand up for your rights, march onward and be prepared to overcome the challenges that will have an impact on us our children, and our children’s children”.

He made that statement in the latest issue of the BPSU’s newsletter Feedback.

Mr Grant said the BPSU has addressed a variety of internal issues during his term as president.

Some of those included violence in the workplace, promoting staff wellness programs, and made press statements on the issue of whistle blowing.

Communication was improved through an enhanced website and the BPSU setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts.

But he said the more pressing issues for today were external forces.

He wrote: “Addressing these internal issues hopefully will assist in improving our infrastructure however the more daunting challenges will be encountered externally.

“The past three years have seen this organization take on challenges that we have never seen before. A contracting economy for the last three years with a forecast for this to continue is a challenge within itself.

“The many proposed austerity initiatives that will have an impact on job security, pensions, and health care are a major threat to not only workers rights and benefits but also the very existence of organized labor.

“Terminologies such as privatization, outsourcing, private public partnerships, and more recently, mutualization, are certainly on the horizon and there is no time to become intimidated, insecure or divided.

“There is no time for infighting, backstabbing, and quarrelling on petty issues that only distract us from concentrating on the more serious and pertinent matters that affect us from effectively representing our members.

“Now is the time to remember the hard fought battles that our forefathers took on to secure the benefits and working conditions we have today. Now is the time to stand up for your rights, march onward and be prepared to overcome the challenges that will have an impact on us our children, and our children’s children.”

Mr Grant expressed his confidence in new president Jason Hayward and pledged his “full support”.

“I believe that even in these trying times this vibrant new administration have the potential to take this organization in a positive direction. There is a strategic plan that has  been facilitated by the new president, that I believe will move BPSU from strength to strength and invigorate this organization to withstand any challenges.”

He declared: “Stand firm — Believe in yourselves, believe in your brothers and sisters — believe in BPSU —see you around. Onward and Upward — Together.”