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No third term!

Sutherland accuses Govt of demoralizing public servants

St George South MP Dwight Sutherland Tuesday accused the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration of creating “mayhem and chaos” in the public service by appointing its “friends and family to posts” as he delivered a stinging contribution to debate on the Public Service (Teachers) Order 2016.

Describing the resolution as nothing more than “window dressing” to secure a third term in power, he warned that the island’s civil servants were awake and would deal with the Government, which had caused them nothing but grief.

“Don’t think that when you come into this honourable House after destroying the morale, treating them with disdain, creating rancour and malice and bitterness among the public servants that they are going to forget . . .  and that bringing this resolution before the House, that they are going to jump and say, ‘yes that we are going to give the DLP a third term’,” he said.

Insisting that the issue of appointment was not limited to the teaching service, Sutherland charged that public servants across the system were “demoralized”, citing problems within departments including the Public Administration Division and Customs.

“We have Customs officers that have been acting three levels above their clerical posts for years. We have persons that have been appointed to those acting posts who never graced that service with minimum years in Customs.

“Mr Speaker, it’s in the Public Administration Division, some of it is occurring within in the tourism sector too. Members that have been acting, that have not been appointed and then you have people who come after superseding the members that don’t have the qualifications either.”

Minister of Education Ronald jones, in leading debate on the resolution, announced that 239 teachers would be appointed this year at the primary and nursery level, bring the full complement of teachers in the Government system to 2830.

However Sutherland questioned whether those appointments were “merit based”, drawing strong rebuke from Government benches.

“This Democratic Labour Party is appointing friends and family to posts in the public service. We must safeguard against this . . . all sorts of cronyism and nepotism, Mr Speaker.”

The Barbados Labour Party member claimed that Government had gone as far as to create instability within the ranks of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), citing the recent motion of no-confidence brought against President Akanni McDowall.

“Card carrying members of the Democratic Labour Party were seeking to create that instability among the NUPW . . . . but you know that the no-confidence motion against the young man was defeated. I am asking the DLP to be fair, do not push your unfair agenda down the throats of public servants and the people of this country,” he said.

Sutherland called for systems and structures in the public service to be overhauled to create an environment of productivity and efficiency.

“Our public servants are demoralized and they are tired of struggling with inadequate rules and procedures.

“We need to restructure the entire system so that our public servants feel a sense of gratitude, a sense of belonging, a sense of respect and motivated so that they can deliver,” he said.

4 Responses to No third term!

  1. jrsmith June 22, 2016 at 6:11 am

    As I always comment, the fact the political infruscture in Barbados is top heavy, non productive badly organised , clowns for management and carries a bunch of fraudulent corrupt crooks..
    Would be better if we were govern by (Westminster).. Lots of people would run from Barbados or face prison after the (Audit General Report) all through the public sector in Barbados is corruption.. see how the government uses the same tactics which is displayed by the American establishment on black people , sell them lots of bibles , which keep them brain washed and scared of themselves.
    let them build churches every where they can , they sit back and let them control and destroy themselves by gun violence…

  2. Mervin Kellman June 23, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Barbadians have always reserved the honour of a third consecutive term in office for Governments which have done well by our people.This august privilege has been bestowed before upon two regimes which put our people first and always sought the public trust and respect, each endeared itself to the populace by engaging the nation on matters which impacted,not only on the quest for a better standard of living but in the planning and vision for the future of our country. These Governments were comprised of men and women of integrity and spine, charisma, high intellect and plain decency. This D.L.P administration has not demonstrated that it has the quality or capacity to reach the standards required for a third term in office.

  3. Coralita June 23, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    He is talking bare ISH like if the BLP any better. When the BLP in government they appoint their friends the same and do the same crap, they move out DLP supporters and move in BLP supporters. Who the heck you trying to fool??

    I can’t tek these politicians, Bs, Ds nor the rest.

    Mark Maloney dump you, that revenue source for you dried up.

  4. dave June 29, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    No third Term
    I said it first


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