Civil Service: separating fact from fiction
Over the past few years, a false narrative has been repeated over and over in an attempt to paint the Civil Service in an extremely negative light. The motive of those who continue to speak in this manner is fairly clear, however, their facts are, at best, fuzzy.
Let us look at the myths vs. facts of the Civil Service
Myth: “The PLP doubled the size of the Civil Service”
Facts: Size of Civil Service in 1998, pre-PLP: 5,915
Size of Civil Service in 2012, post-PLP: 7,054
Net gain of 1,139 (+19%)
Source: Department of Statistics
Those who continue to say the PLP doubled the size of the Civil Service are either:
A, Not good at arithmetic
B, Lacking historic facts
C, Content to continue to lie
Myth: “The Civil Service is lazy”
Facts: Here is a breakdown of public sector jobs:
Total filled jobs within the civil and public service sector 2014
Job Activity 2014
Bus service activities 215
Marine and ports services 166
Airport operation 39
National Post activities 164
Public administration 4,163
Higher education 114
Government hospital activities 1,710
Government medical and dental activities 6
Social work activities with accommodation 64
Social work activities without accommodation 24
Library and archives activities 31
Sporting and other recreational activities 47
So are these people saying that firefighters are lazy? Are they saying that persons who work in the Attorney-General’s office are lazy? Are they saying that persons in the Department of Finance are lazy?
Out of one mouth, these people say nice catchphrases such as “One love, One Bermuda” and/or “Bermudians should work together as one people”. Then, out of the other side of their mouths, they are steadily feeding these mistruths and insults on a daily basis. They then go on further to launch multiple legal attacks against the very institutions that represent organised labour in this country.
Each Civil Service worker has a family to support, so we are now speaking of 15,000 or more persons in total that are supported by Civil Service workers. Are we fully prepared to starve nearly 33 per cent of our Bermudian people?
Many persons are now speaking about the Civil Service taking a 10 per cent pay cut. The question is, are they prepared to tell relevant businesses to lower their prices by 10 per cent?
Like almost every industrialised and developed country, the Island is facing challenging times. However, these challenges cannot and will not be solved by the present government and their supporters continuing to belittle and insult the very same Bermudians that they rely on to keep this country moving forward.