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The Peoples Campaign will seek to assess the Government & the Opposition through public evaluations.

Public evaluation will allow the Peoples Campaign to assess how effective those who sit in the House of
Parliament are in addressing the issues raised by the people. In the Month of September, we reviewed
Ministerial statements, statements from the Opposition, articles in the media and public reports. We re-
viewed them with an aim to produce a summary of our elected officials activities. This process will be
used by the Peoples Campaign to keep the people of Bermuda conscious to the decisions that are being
made and how they are aligned with the Peoples expectations.
WHY PUBLIC EVALUATIONS?

Peoples Campaign for equality, jobs and justice
For the Month of September 2014
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Labour Day Address
September 1st, 2014
Senator Fahy
On this auspicious occasion, as we salute each and every worker for their contribution to Ber-
muda and recognize the crucial role that our unions play in advocating for the rights of workers, I
would like for us to truly reflect on this year's theme, "Solidarity for Equality, Jobs and Justice". To
me, this year's Labour Day message is about one simple yet crucial concept one to which I fully
subscribe collaboration. Collaboration is about us all coming together for a greater good. In the
words of Henry Ford, "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working to-
gether is success." This Government recognizes that Labour has played a huge part in driving our
economy as we seek to re-engage all Bermudians in the workforce so that we can all contribute to
Bermuda's future. We all want the same thing the Public Sector, the Private Sector, the Unions
and, ultimately, the People and that is embracing the diversity of Bermuda's Workforce and Tran-
scending all cultural barriers to unite the entire community. Since last Labour Day this Government has put in place
many initiatives to assist the Bermudian worker many of which I am pleased to say involved collaboration between
Unions, Government and the Private Sector and demonstrate this concept of collaboration.

Opposition Leader Marc Bean
We must also bring forward an agenda that elevates the condition of all Bermudians, breaks the cycle of depend-
ency and work towards moving from those who are labour to those who hire labour. From those
who consume to those who produce. All while never forgetting our core principles and continuing
to fight against those who would marginalize Bermudians or mistreat workers. When you look
back at the sacrifice of those who have brought us this far can you still be silenced? When you
look at your brothers and sisters, neighbours and friends and witness firsthand their marginaliza-
tion and suffering can you still be silenced? When you look ahead to future generations of Ber-
mudians and the Bermuda we will leave behind can you still be silenced? We recognize the threat
we face. We recognize that moving backwards is not an option. Our unity is our strength. To-
gether, our numbers give us economic, social and political power if we are willing to use that
power. Representing the hopes and aspirations of so many Bermudians is an awesome responsi-
bility and the power we share must by necessity be used without fear, without permission from
those who oppose our progress and without apology, in the best interest of our people. On this
Labour Day 2014, let us break our silence, let us commit to being courageous in the face of wrongdoing, resolute in
the face of injustice and united in the struggle for a Bermuda that works for you.
OUR LEADERS SPEAK

Pension - Seniors told, Money does not grow on trees
September 15th, 2014
In response to seniors concerns expressed at the Age Concerns annual general meeting regarding government
pensions, Finance Minister MP Bob Richards said: Money does not grow on trees...The social insurance
fund is underfunded and so is the Civil Service pension fund. All the money comes from people abroad.
If I increase pensions, I will inflict pain and discomfort for people who come after us.
Age Concern Executive Director Claudette Fleming told The Royal Gazette, that in response to a question do you
see an increase in pensions any time soon? The Minister basically said not any time soon. That was a
blow. People are struggling. It has been a few years now since an increase. She said the Minister spoke
of the shared sacrifice that everyone in Bermuda needed to make to improve the Islands economy
and help pay off the Islands huge debt. We understand that its a shared sacrifice but you have got to
remember that this is a generation thats made a sacrifice while its working, said Ms Fleming.
Health and Seniors Minister Jeanne Atherden added: I suspect that seniors will be disappointed at not re-
ceiving a pension increase, but I also believe that Bermudas seniors understand the importance of be-
ing careful with the national purse. They have grown up budgeting carefully for their households, and
they expect the Government to do the same with the money in the pension fund.
September 17th, 2014
In response to the announcement that our seniors will not receive a cost of living increase in pension, Shadow Min-
ister for Seniors Derrick Burgess said the OBA says money doesnt grow on trees, when it comes to sen-
iors, scholarships, financial assistance and salaries for government workers, yet somehow money does
grow on trees for tax concessions for businesses that have failed to translate into jobs for Bermudians
and to provide the Bermuda Tourism Authority with over $20 million while covering up how it is being
spent.
Before the election, the OBA said We have no interest in hurting anyone, least of all our seniors. In
2011, the OBA said that the PLPs 3% pension increase for seniors was woefully inadequate. Since
then they have lowered their quality of life, raised their taxes and licensing fees, refused to outlaw age discrimina-
tion and allowed their friends in the insurance industry to raise the cost of health insurance.
September 18th, 2014
In a follow-up statement, M.P. Richards attempted to clarify the governments decision and stated that the govern-
ment pension was never meant to provide a standard of living for Bermuda and anyone relying solely on it
was in real trouble. The Minister, however, admitted that he didnt know how many seniors were reliant on the
government pension for their survival.
The last increase in seniors contributory pension was in August 2011 when it was raised by 3%. At the time, the
then Opposition OBA described the increase as woefully inadequate. In the meantime, the cost of living in Ber-
muda has risen by 6.3 percent, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by the Department of Sta-
tistics.
The Peoples Campaign understand the financial constraints of our current economic climate but implores the gov-
ernment to look for ways to protect our most vulnerable. In light of the recent revelation that there is an estimated
$35 million in government pension arrears owed by delinquent employers, the government must take aggressive
action to recoup this money.
As per the Peoples Campaign manifesto, The Government must establish regulatory constraints over the
market to ensure that the business community share the sacrifices and participate in practices that
serve the common good recognizing that the economy must serve the people and not the other way
around.
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HIGHLIGHTING OUR SENIORS
OBA: New Leadership
Good Governance
September 2nd, 2014
The Hon. Michael Dunkley J.P., M.P.,
Premier of Bermuda and Minister of Na-
tional Security has been elected as OBA
Leader. The Hon. E.T. Richards J.P.,
M.P., Minister of Finance, has been
elected as OBA Deputy Leader. Senator
Lynne Woolridge J.P., has been elected
as OBA Chair. All were elected by being
the only contenders for the three roles
and assumed the posts effective immedi-
ately.

PLP: M.P. Kim Wilson - Gender
Affairs Office
Justice
September 5th, 2014
M.P. Wilson called for the formation of a
Gender Affairs Office on the announce-
ment of the closing of the Centre for
Abuse. It would be policy and legisla-
tive focused and provide funding and
support to non-profit organizations. This
can be accomplished by establishing
partnerships with charitable agencies
such as the Centre for Abuse.
PLP: M.P. Burt renews call for
diversification
Jobs
September 5th, 2014
The news that the Bermuda Economy
contracted by 2.5% in 2013 is a sobering
reminder of the pressing need for con-
crete action on economic diversification
in Bermuda. In the face of the job
losses, company closures, and wage re-
ductions that have continued through
2014, Bermuda cannot afford for the
OBA to be stubborn and stick to the UBP
playbook from 1980-1998.
The Peoples Campaign is concerned
about the lack of jobs that have been
created over the last 20 months and im-
plore the Government to make job crea-
tion their priority.

OBA: National Training Plan
Jobs
September 19th, 2014
Two Town Hall Meetings were hosted to
discuss the National Training Plan - Part 1
(Link to report).
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The Peoples Campaign applauds this
initiative and looks forward to the re-
lease of Part 2. With an estimated
3,000 unemployed Bermudians and
38% youth unemployment rate, we
implore the OBA to make every effort
to fast-track the implementation of its
recommendations.


OBA: Ministry of Home Affairs
must pay BEST $70,000 in legal
costs Justice
September 23rd, 2014
The Supreme Court has ruled that gov-
ernment must pay the legal costs asso-
ciated with their Tuckers Point devel-
o p m e n t l a w s u i t .

The Peoples Campaign recognizes that
this ruling sets a precedent for other
public interest organizations to seek
justice available through the courts.

Government Travel Costs
Good Governance
September 26th, 2014
PLP: The public has a right to know
why it was necessary for Premier
Dunkley, Ministers Grant Gibbons and
Shawn Crockwell, and Senator Jeff
Baron to participate in this New York
junket and how much Bermudians paid
for it.

OBA: Government is in the process of
finalising a travel website detailing Min-
isterial travel costs, which can be
viewed by the public. The website
l a u n c h i s f o r t h c o m i n g .

The Peoples Campaign applauds the
Governments efforts to improve trans-
parency on the reporting of govern-
ment spending but implores our repre-
sentatives to be mindful of their fiscal
responsibility in efficiently managing
the peoples funds.

OBA: Pre-Certification
Health
September 26th , 2014
Minister of Health, Seniors and Envi-
ronment Jeanne Atherden: We are
seeking a centralized utilization man-
agement agency, contracted by the
Health Insurance Department [HID],
which will precertify all eligible diag-
nostic imaging and clinical labora-
tory procedures. Public and private
payers will be required to adhere
to HIDs preapprovals for their
insurance plans.

Shadow Health Minister Kim Wilson:
There are many other ways in
which health care costs can be re-
duced, ways that would not interfere
with patient safetycompetition
drives down the cost of goods and
services and as such considerations
ought to be given to allow the intro-
duction of larger international insur-
ance companies which could not only
drive down costs but could also
prove the difference between life and
death.

Whilst the Peoples Campaign recog-
nizes the need to cut health costs,
we are not convinced that pre-
certification will reduce costs and are
concerned that it will lead to unnec-
essary bureaucratic delays in the
delivery of healthcare.


OBA: Centre for Abuse
Justice
September 29th, 2014
Government has located a secure
facility to be used as a temporary
shelter for those in need of emer-
gency support due to domestic vio-
lence.

While the Peoples Campaign is
pleased that a temporary shelter has
been secured, we believe that ensur-
ing the safety for victims of domestic
violence must be a priority of our
Government and, as such, should
provide sufficient funding for a per-
manent shelter.

Sandys South By-Election
Good Governance
September 30th, 2014
Constituency #33 Sandys South by-
election will be held on November
18th, with the Nomination day set
for October 28th.
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THE PEOPLES CAMPAIGN MANIFESTO
EQUALITY
Every Bermudian should have the opportunity for post secondary education and should not be prevented from attaining Every Bermudian should have the opportunity for post secondary education and should not be prevented from attaining
education due to lack of funding. education due to lack of funding.
The Government must implement an equitable taxation system that would structure taxation based upon levels of total The Government must implement an equitable taxation system that would structure taxation based upon levels of total
income and the value of assets and holdings. income and the value of assets and holdings.
Quality healthcare must be accessible and affordable to all. Quality healthcare must be accessible and affordable to all.
All Bermudians must have equal treatment under the law: the criminal justice system and the civil legal system must be All Bermudians must have equal treatment under the law: the criminal justice system and the civil legal system must be
accessible irrespective of financial well accessible irrespective of financial well- -being and must be administered at all levels in a manner that truly demonstrates being and must be administered at all levels in a manner that truly demonstrates
that justice in blind. that justice in blind.
JOBS
Every person should be entitled to a livable wage in proportion to the cost of living. That is to say, a wage that permits it Every person should be entitled to a livable wage in proportion to the cost of living. That is to say, a wage that permits its s
citizens to meet primary needs of food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and from a primary source of employment. citizens to meet primary needs of food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and from a primary source of employment.
Full employment for Bermudians must be a national priority. Full employment for Bermudians must be a national priority.
The Government must hold all employers accountable so that all workers will be respected and afforded the same stan- The Government must hold all employers accountable so that all workers will be respected and afforded the same stan-
dards and working conditions. dards and working conditions.
All workers must have the right to join Unions or form associations to defend their rights. All workers must have the right to join Unions or form associations to defend their rights.
JUSTICE
The Government must implement a program specifically designed to provide true economic opportunities for persons who The Government must implement a program specifically designed to provide true economic opportunities for persons who
historically have been prevented access. historically have been prevented access.
The Government must establish regulatory constraints over the market to ensure that the business community share the The Government must establish regulatory constraints over the market to ensure that the business community share the
sacrifices and participate in practices that serve the common good recognizing that the economy must serve the people sacrifices and participate in practices that serve the common good recognizing that the economy must serve the people
and not the other way around. and not the other way around.
Equal rights must be the same for ALL citizens in Bermuda, as such age cannot be a barrier for access to services, capital, Equal rights must be the same for ALL citizens in Bermuda, as such age cannot be a barrier for access to services, capital,
and employment. and employment.
The Government does not own public property but holds it in trust on behalf of the people and therefore should exercise The Government does not own public property but holds it in trust on behalf of the people and therefore should exercise
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Retail Sales Index (RSI) - Retail sales in July 2014 decreased 2.2% below the $99.1 million recorded in July
2013, and after adjusting for the annual retail sales rate of inflation the volume of retail sales decreased by 3.9%.
Building material stores registered the largest decrease in sales of 8.6%. In contrast, retailers of apparel stores re-
corded an increase of 1.8% in sales. (Link to report)
Consumer Price Index (CPI) - Consumers paid 2.1 per cent more in August 2014 than they did a year ago for
the basket of goods and services included in the Consumer Price Index [CPI]. The level of inflation increased 0.2
percentage points from the 1.9 per cent measured in July 2014. The Health & Personal Care sector remained the
largest contributor to the twelve-month rate of price increase. The annual increase in August 2014 measured 5.9
per cent. (Link to report)
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) - GDP, which measures the total value of goods and services produced in Ber-
muda, edged up 0.7%, however when adjusted for inflation, the growth in economic activity declined 2.5%. De-
spite an increase in job losses compared to 2012, six of the fifteen industries recorded growth in value added led by
the hotels & restaurants and international business industries. The modest increase in economic growth translated
into a 0.4 per cent rise in GDP per capita which was measured at $85,747 per person in 2013. (Link to report)
2013 Tourism Satellite Account Publication - Last year, tourism contributed $289.4 million to Bermudas GDP,
employment directly related to tourism declined 10.1%, Government spent $30 million to provide tourism services
and a total of 579,808 visitors to Bermuda translated into $412 million spent within the local economy, a decrease
of $3 million from 2012. (Link to report)
2013 Information Communication Technology (ICT) Report - showed that the ICT sector contributed 4.1% to
Bermudas GDP, or $229million, a decline of 3% from 2012. There were 838 ICT-related jobs in 2013, the same as
in 2012, 89% of all businesses use computers during their daily operations and 56% of businesses reported having
a web presence. (Link to report)