BPSU President Kevin Grant tonight responded to recent comments By Finance Minister Bob Richards. *File photo by Kageaki Smith
BPSU President Kevin Grant tonight responded to recent comments By Finance Minister Bob Richards. *File photo by Kageaki Smith

FRIDAY, JAN. 18: There has been a lot said over the past 24 hours since the Minister has made his comments. There have been a few suggestions as to what might possibly be put on the table for negotiations. The important aspect to remember is that they are only suggestions; nothing officially has been put on the table.

However, that does not mean that I am naive to the predicament that this country finds itself in financially. I have said from the outset that there will need to be much more innovation and creativity going into negotiations mainly because things are not the way they used to be.

The comment that there needs to be a shared sacrifice begs the question: Who specifically will do the sharing? Is this just sharing between government and unionized workers or is this to be shared in a tripartite collaborative manor including government, unions and the private sector? The latter is something the BPSU have been suggesting for sometime now.

I am well aware that sacrifices will need to be made and the challenges that we are facing but the only way to address this is collaboratively.