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PART 2 | PARTISAN POLITICS AND THE PUBLIC SERVICE UNION (PSU)

See attached below link for Part 1 | PARTISAN POLITICS AND THE PUBLIC SERVICE UNION (PSU)

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I also want to speak to the issue of the head of the union asking the Prime Minister (PM) to look into a personal matter of promotion for him. Personally, I see no issue with that, as he is a public servant and the issues of victimization and nepotism is real (just look at all if not most Heads of Departments, look at most if not all of the Permanent Secretaries, look at who is the Chief Medical Officer, Hospital Administrator, Chief Nursing Officer, IT Coordinator and previous Engineering Head at the MCMH now working at Port Authority; just for some examples). However, as the leader of the union, who appears to have some sort of personal or political grudge with the PM, one must tread extremely cautious in these matters.

The PM could have assisted or looked into Boucher’s personal issue as he has orally indicated that he did similar favors for others while speaking on NBC radio on November 18th, 2020; and also on the Round Table Talk show. However, possible differing politics and personal differences would have made this assistance (from the PM) virtually non-existent.

The PSU has done well. They have won a fair share of court cases when victimization and nepotism have been at the forefront of issues affecting a lot of public servants. The union must continue to champion the fight for the public servant’s well-being and constitutional rights. They must put aside personal and petty politics and focus on the central issues affecting public servants.

In my opinion, it would be professional and mature of the head of the union to offer a public apology on behalf of himself and the union he represents. I say this because I personally know of ULP and NDP supporters who have been turned off from his rhetoric in that regard.

Howbeit, I would encourage all public servants, regardless of party affiliation, to join the PSU, join their new medical insurance plan; understand the benefits of being in a trade union and know your constitutional rights.

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By: A Candid Observer

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