The main aim of the Public Service Union (PSU) in SVG is to fight for the rights of ALL public servants, regardless of party affiliation. Obviously, this fight for the public servants would generally put the PSU at odds with the Government, especially if the leader of the PSU is labelled as a supporter of the New Democratic Party (NDP). Herein lies the problem. The image and credibility of the union could suffer if issues are not articulated in a seemingly impartial and independent manner.
The PSU has great potential and has woken up from a seemingly long slumber as it has come a long way under this current leadership of Mr. Elroy Boucher. However, the leadership is not without its flaws. The pronouncements of Mr. Boucher in a video provided on Iwitness News, Published on October 27, 2020 to vote for the NDP is not rhetoric which should be articulated in an official public setting in his capacity as a union leader.
This issue serves to do more harm to the union than good. Public perceptions and image are integral to the growth and survivability of an institution.
Could it be that the union, already seen as anti-Unity Labour Party (ULP), could be viewed by ULP supporters as a union non grata?
Could it be that after all the positive strides which the PSU has made that it could undo a lot of that positive work with an unnecessary self-inflicted wound?
Could it be that such a statement by the leader of the PSU could hinder ULP supporters or impartial supporters from joining the union, unless they are severely mistreated or victimized?
I have no doubt that Mr. Boucher is the man to continue to fight the union’s cause, but he must ensure that seemingly personal and political battles are fought in their appropriate arena and not in the independent and impartial office of the PSU. PSU should be the public servant’s Switzerland, in the world war of politics.
By: A Candid Observer