I look forward to BEC being run more efficiently and lower cost of electricity will do wonders for our economy and cost of living.
But will it happen? Maybe, but not without some pain.
Here’s what I foresee happening;
1. Reduced Staff – We all know that BEC has too much staff, high paid cashiers etc, this has to change some people will have to go home and the work force restructured
2. Shift System – There has to be a shift system to cover certain periods and increase efficiency. No way they can continue paying the massive overtime bill BEC currently foots because their staff and the union don’t want to work shifts.
3. Union Problems – When the inevitable staff reductions and shift system happens, people will be unhappy, this will lead to protests, go slows and strikes. Unless union leaders sell out staff.
4. Disconnections – This is going to hurt. A Lot. No longer will Leslie Miller be able to give 2nd and 3rd chances to delinquent bill payers. It’s going to be like Cable Bahamas, you miss a month, ya light off!
5. Reduction in Staff Benefits – Benefits will be brought in line with established norms, no longer will staff be able to double dip and other irregular practices.
Despite these seemingly negative outcomes it will all be worth it to get the albatross from around the necks of the Bahamian people, to finally have a consistent power supply and to boost the economy by reducing the cost of doing business and living in this country.
If only the Government can resists it’s urge for political interference and PowerSecure can deliver on the lofty goals of the Deputy Prime Minister I’m all for this deal.
Of course things rarely workout that way in this country, do they?