The government today went to Parliament to pass a new Public Service Appointment Act that will make permanent more than 3,000 public workers who have been acting in posts for more than three years.

Introducing the bill, attorney general Dale Marshall said it addresses what he calls a deep and burning issue that has concerned the public service for years.

But there are certain circumstances under which people will not qualify for appointment.

Leader of government business, minister of education, Santia Bradshaw, noted that the appointments take effect October 1st, stressing that far more people stand to benefit than was originally thought.

Opposition leader Bishop Joseph Atherly had concerns about how government has gone about the matter.