BPSU to host first Youth Forum

LATOYA CARTWRIGHT, BPSU Youth Arm Chairperson

The Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) Northern Region is set to host its First Youth Forum on Wednesday, March 14 at the BPSU Hall under the theme, ‘Empowering Our Young Workers with Knowledge Today for a Stronger Tomorrow.’

Members of the union’s youth arm shared details about the upcoming event, during a press conference Monday (March 12) at the BPSU Hall.

Latoya Cartwright, BPSU Youth Arm Chairperson said that the forum will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

She explained that the forum was coordinated to target young public service workers between the ages of 18 and 35.

“We aim to impart the knowledge and benefits of our union, the purpose of the Tribunal Court, the importance of savings and financial budgeting, uplifting and motivational speeches,” she said.

Cartwright added that plans are also being made for the upcoming Caribbean Public Service Association (CPSA) event scheduled for July 2018 in Antigua. The CPSA hosts the annual meeting every year, with all Caribbean Public Service Unions to discuss issues in the public service sector.

Cartwright noted that a representative from each department will be present at the forum and speakers will include Helen Jones, Vice President of the Tribunal Court; BPSU president Kingsley Ferguson; O’Neal Thurston, Joyce Waldron, Dr. Nicholas Saint and Dwayne Swann.

Cartwright added that she wants all of the young public service employees to participate in the forum and bring their ideas to the forefront.

“A lot of the times we feel left out, so now it’s our turn to bring ideas to the table and discuss among each other,” she said.
Cartwright shared that she had recently attended a three-day conference in Kingston, Jamaica where pertinent public service issues in the Caribbean were discussed.

“We elaborated on a lot of challenges facing not only The Bahamas, but most of the Caribbean countries now, especially as it relates to water shortages, electricity, the privacy ownership of water and light salaries, new forums for young workers,” she said.
She added that about seven resolutions were developed during that conference.

Cartwright hopes this upcoming forum could be just as successful.

BPSU public relations officer Patrice Gray, noted that in the near future she hopes that the BPSU can focus on succession planning for the youth coming up.

“I would like them to have more avenues for them to move forward and put in their plan that they would like to see in public service,” she said.

Gray added that it is time for the BPSU to step outside the box and let the youth promote their new ideas.

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