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The BPSU is fighting against corporate-backed efforts to restructure the civil service

The Bermuda Public Services Union, headed by Jason Hayward, who is also head of the Bermuda Trade Union Congress, celebrates its 65th anniversary. The BPSU is fighting against corporate-backed efforts to restructure the civil service “to incentivize entrepreneurs so privatization comes into play,” and was part of a campaign that fought against a 30-year “public private partnership” concession for airport redevelopment with Aecon, a Canadian company. In December, protesters were pepper-sprayed by police, and two BTUC affiliate union presidents are being tried in the Magistrates and Supreme Court of Bermuda on two criminal offences. On May 2, “hundreds of people marched through Hamilton after leading figures appeared in Supreme Court in connection with the December 2 demonstrations. About 300 marchers rallied outside the Dame Lois Browne-Evans building, where Bermuda Industrial Union president Chris Furbert and the Reverend Nicholas Tweed of the People’s Campaign were among the ten defendants facing charges earlier in the day. Bermuda Trade Union Congress leader Jason Hayward had started the rally by telling the crowd the authorities were refusing to release the defendants, leading to chants of ‘Let them out’ outside the court building.”

Source: The Royal Gazette

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