Nassau, Bahamas — If the words of Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding can be seen as a forecasting of what is to come in the Bahamas, then the ARROGANT FNM Government better get ready for a serious fallout around the country.
Golding was reported in the Gleaner newspaper telling members of the police force and workers at the National Water Commission, “Don’t bully me!” after his government announced a wage freeze on public servants in that Caribbean island nation.
“This Government is not going to be cowered, is not going to be yielding, and is not going to be genuflecting, simply because people believe they have a kind of power that can hold the country to ransom,” the Jamaican prime minister said.
We’ve mentioned this to put in context this fact. Golding like Ingraham both won the governments of their perspective countries by the skin of their teeth. One told his citizens, “We Need Change” and the other said in electing him you would find “Leadership You Can Trust”, today both are miserably failing their people.
Bahamas Press has learned that the government of the Bahamas, unlike that of Jamaican, is all tight-lipped about its plan to squash/FIRE/TERMINATE/RETIRE for a second time members within the public service of this country.
Just after the May 2007 general elections the Ingraham government fired [SENT HOME PACKING] more than 1,200 temporary workers within the public service, including a cripple mother of two. And since that first mass termination exercise, the Ingraham government has since sent scores more home including law enforcement officers who had reach the age of 55 years. A purging has also been seen within the departments of immigration and customs. And including in this termination exercise we’ve seen the axe fell right up to the office of Secretary to the Cabinet!
We’ve uncovered that the decision to for a second time since coming to office in 2007, Ingraham’s FNM government will mobilize a MASSIVE RIGHT SIZING EXERCISE within every department of the Bahamas government.
Bahamas Press has also learned that since December 2008, with revenue collection having slid by more than $175 million, the minister of finance has ordered ministers to cut their department budgets, which will take full effect by July 1, 2009 in the new budget year. The budget is expected to be presented to Parliament in just a weeks from now.
Sources deep inside the ministry of finance have confirmed to BP that workers attaining 30 years in the service will leave immediately. This, according to a source, will include a substantial number of workers now currently employed within the government.
In May over 5,000 persons have registered for the government’s unemployment benefit programme, as terminations by companies skyrocked in the country over the last year.
Without confirming any numbers of those to be terminated, minister of state with responsibility for the public service, Zhivargo Laing, told a mid-day talk show that whilst revenue is substantially down, the government has already taken care of the situation.
A question posed by the host asked, “What are the implication with a shortfall in government revenue?” Here’s how Laing responded, “What are the implication? Well the implication is that your financial situation is strained and that clearly decisions will have to be made as to how you are going to fund that deficit. And also anticipate whether this global economic downturn is going to be sustained beyond the next year or two and what implications that will mean for the conduct of government business.” Hmmmmmm!
Amazingly the same minister who said the recession was a “figment in the imagination of some people’s mind,” is now forecasting that the recession will possibly be a long protracted one. BOY, THIS A MESS ECH?
All we can tell members of the public service is this, “START PACKING! Cus Hubert is Back Back BACK Back Backkkkkkk! Good Lawddddddddd! He’s simply the Best!”