Laid off government employees reinstated

Acting General Secretary Roslyn Smith and President Walter Maloney.
Acting General Secretary Roslyn Smith and President Walter Maloney.

Dozens of government employees who had been laid off by what the National Union of Public Workers suggested were over zealous department heads, have been taken back.

Acting General-Secretary, Roslyn Smith, told a media conference this morning that the postal workers who recently informed the union they were terminated, had since been rehired. Smith said the same workers did not have any letters from management to back up the lay offs.

She said too that the Ministry of Transport and Works had also withdrawn recent letters of termination. It is not certain the exact number of workers who had been identified, but in the case of the postal employees, a figure of at least 40 had been reported.

Asked how many Government workers could be affected by any possible layoffs, Smith said she was unable to provide a true figure. However, added numbers of between 3,000 and 6,000 were being “bandied about”.

She and union President, Walter Maloney, agreed though that more accurate data on this was expected once the ongoing analyses of the various Government departments were completed by the end of this month.

“On the day that these things (budgetary cost-cutting measures) were announced, some senior public servants took it upon themselves to hold the sword of Damocles over the heads of some public servants,” declared Maloney.

“We have had reports where persons were told that they would be going home. There are persons acting that would have been curtailed; all along, some of these same senior public servants did not have the authority to so do.”

That, he said, the union had to clarify during a meeting with the Prime Minister, the Chief Personnel Officer and the permanent secretary in the Ministry of the Civil Service.

“This exercise is being managed by the chief personnel officer and her department. It is not the liberty of any permanent secretary nor head of department to issue, or to tell any person verbatim, that their services are no longer required,” the union president declared. “We had instructed our members before embarking on any action whatsoever, the directive must come from the chief personnel officer; and that is the authority responsible for the hiring of persons in the public service, and so that would also be the department responsible for the dismissing of officers as well.”

Maloney insisted that the NUPW would therefore have been acting irresponsible if it had “gone out there and started making wild statements without first ascertaining what it is that was happening, how do we proceed and how do we address this situation”.

He condemned people who had either written in the print media or spoken on the call-in programmes suggesting the union had been “soft” on the Government regarding the “pending layoffs”. (EJ)

8 Responses to Laid off government employees reinstated

  1. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua September 12, 2013 at 11:52 am

    GOOD….now laid off those department heads for a few months…

  2. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott September 12, 2013 at 11:53 am

    “rollings heads”, “cracking heads”,… “zealous heads”……this leaves a taste in the mouth like what you get from bare watery baloney ! sorry Walter Maloney…………lol

  3. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith September 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Let me get this right. Government announced in the Budget that cuts will need to be made to reduce the deficit. They started by sending home staff so they won’t need to be paid. Now they are called back. So am I to take it that they will be working but not getting paid? How will the deficit be reduced if the staff count is the same?

  4. Jason Bowen
    Jason Bowen September 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    so are we to believe that the senior civil servants acted off of a budget speech. Did they get something verbal or written to proceed. I cant see them taking such steps unless told to do so.

  5. J.C. P.
    J.C. P. September 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Why they don’t lay off one of their MPs. ONE MPs salary could probably save the Barbados government a boatload of money. And all those Minister sitting around looking fat-fat-fat and wapsie.

  6. farmerfitch September 14, 2013 at 2:13 am

    thats good,now send home sores sry i means scores of mtw workers who work for only 4 hrs a day and get a full weeks pay if govt. want to cut thats the area ,but wait , isn’t that the ministry where elections are won, i think that that specific has been raping and robbing this country for ever. some of those who ply in that ministry are in posession of second jobs where they have to work. please dpo something before its too late.


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