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‘This is what happens when you don’t put Bermuda first’

The One Bermuda Alliance yesterday urged disgruntled workers to put Bermuda first as the threat of strikes across several sectors loomed.

Government’s failure to put Bermuda first, by overspending with the public purse, has led to job losses and made it more difficult for future generations to cope with economic and social challenges, according to the Opposition.

In a joint statement, Shadow Economy Minister and Shadow National Security Minister Michael Dunkley said: “Since the formation of the OBA, we have pushed the need to put Bermuda first.

“We have said it over and over again because the Government for way too long has not done that.

“The most serious example of that is its years-long spending spree that has landed the Island in debtor’s prison, where Government is spending nearly $200,000 a day on interest payments alone.

“This situation is costing people their jobs and threatens the ability of future generations to respond to whatever economic and social challenges they will face. This is what happens when you don’t put Bermuda first.

“But our message is bigger than that. People from all walks of life, not just the Government, need to put Bermuda first.

“With labour disputes now erupting across the Island, we urge all participants to also think about what is best for the Island.

“We understand the stresses, frustrations and difficulties that all of us face each day, but we think there is plenty of room for compromise and agreement in these disputes.

“Defend your positions yes, but do so with the understanding that Bermuda today is best served by compromise not conflict. Now is not the time for power plays and intransigence.

“We urge all participants to raise their games and put Bermuda first.”

OBA MP Michael Dunkley

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Published August 18, 2011 at 10:36 am (Updated August 18, 2011 at 10:36 am)

‘This is what happens when you don’t put Bermuda first’

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