Bermuda Public Services Union (BPSU) members have signed a new wage agreement for a 2.5 percent pay increase retroactive to April 1st, 2017, marking the first new agreement for civil servants since 2008.
Minister of Government Reform, Lovitta Foggo, announced the signing of the new three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the Government and the BPSU yesterday.
“We consider this a very important development for the Government and for the BPSU members,” said Minister Foggo, who also acknowledged “the hard work of the Public Sector Negotiation Team comprising of Gary Phillips, Martin Law and John Harvey”.
“Since coming into office, this Government committed to upholding fairness. And with this new CBA, we are fulfilling our promises whilst demonstrating that we appreciate the good works of our public service.
“While the negotiation process continues with various other unions, the Government is pleased to highlight the successful completion of the BPSU agreement,” she said.
BPSU President Senator Jason Hayward was pleased to advise members that the new agreement, which “will conclude in September 2020”, was signed.
“Given that this is the first negotiated CBA since 2008 for the civil service, this is a significant milestone four our membership. The 2.5 percent increase, and other contractual gains are a morale booster for our members especially after years of sacrifice,” he said.
“This agreement was achieved through a collaborative process of interest-based negotiations. The new collective agreement will ensure a working environment where public service officers can focus on providing world-class service both locally and internationally.
“The agreement also strengthens the BPSU’s working relationship and partnership with the Government, and will enhance working conditions for public service officers.”
- Photos Courtesy of DCI: Minister Lovitta Foggo, BPSU President Jason Hayward and General Secretary Ed Ball Jr