And the unanswered letter from the PM to the Public Services Commission is telling. The Commission’s functions include the formulation of schemes for recruitment to the public service and the fixing of salaries and privileges. But there is the sense that the Commission has been non-function for some time. Union Senator Elena Smith says that the Commission hasn’t met since November fifth, last year, after not meeting for many weeks, if not months before that. The Commission’s decision to not meet and perform its essential functions negatively affects public servants. Senator Smith spoke of a teacher who died while waiting for the Public Service Commission to fix the benefits.