I am getting very confused about what figure Government wants to reach – and what figure the unions want to reach – in terms of the cost cutting required/demanded.
This story today leaves more questions than answers. The amount saved seems paltry (although some of the issues behind the cuts are eye-opening: cell phone allowances?).
Personally I am also skeptical about the capping of financial assistance on the basis that Government believes the economy will pick up so there will be less pressure …. Personally I have not seen the so-called green shoots.
However, even without knowing the figures this quote from the Premier is telling:
“It is very important to stress that the required reductions in expenditure just have not been fully reached, contrary to the BTUC’s declaration.
“We maintain that we must consider all options. If the unions cannot agree to a furlough, and to be clear a furlough cannot be implemented without their agreement, then Government would need to consider reductions in service levels and programmes.”
It appears Government is standing firm and clearly the issue of furloughs is still very much on their table. When will the bell ring for round two?
On another note: it seems a tragedy that the Ag Show, loved by everyone on the Island is being cancelled this year. I guess everyone really is sharing the sacrifice
This dispute has served to split the Island – private vs public, black vs white. Some of the rhetoric used has been inexcusable (and should not have been allowed by moderators.)
A lot has been borne out of anger (my last post included) although you cannot blame people for reacting in the heat of the moment, but perhaps the time is now to think ahead.
I wonder if moderates might emerge to help heal the split and preach unity. The initial shock is over, people have had time to think and let the news sink in. Will someone now emerge who can help bring the two sides of this Island together?