PM’s gift

Hundreds of temporary public servants get their Christmas wish

There is good news for hundreds of unappointed public servants in time for Christmas.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today announced in Parliament that 555 temporary officers who have been acting in posts were about to be made permanent, saying, “That is no small achievement”.

Speaking ahead of the passage of the Public Service (General) Order 2016, which replaces the Public Service Order of 2008, Stuart also pointed to similar appointments in the teaching service.

“The passing of this order will now facilitate the making of a number of appointments in the public service,” the Prime Minister said.

He also explained that it would also accelerate the recruitment process under the Qualifications Order, which specifies the skill sets needed by Government.

“So we are trying to modernize our public service, making it more responsive to the needs of the society, make sure that the gap between aspiration and the realization of those aspirations by those public officers is narrowed and of course the road made more certain. The ultimate beneficiary of all of this will be the society as a whole,” Stuart added.

However, Opposition Member of Parliament for St George South Dwight Sutherland immediately criticized the move, saying it was a clear sign that elections were around the corner.

He also accused the ruling Democratic Labour Party of seeking to “make right” what it had “made wrong with public servants, but warned that it had come a little too late.

“The public servants who would have endured those harsh measures that the Democratic Labour Party would have introduced over the past five years, this is basically something to say to them, ‘we recognize you are here and we want to do something’. But I don’t think this is enough for the pain that the civil servants would have endured, especially over the past five years,” said Sutherland, whose suggestions were immediately dismissed by the Prime Minister.

5 Responses to PM’s gift

  1. Tony Webster December 10, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Effin it please the Court:

    This elegant essay notwithstanding, it appears that the Honourable Gentlemen, that is, the three summoned, appear to be strangers to another , over-arching dictum, that is, of “Doing the decent thing”. The P.A.C. cannot lock-up or levy distress upon the assets of those they seen to interrogate; The P.A.C. (on whose body the governement is represented) simply , in the public’s (read, taxpayers) interest, wish to ask questions, to which, they would expect honest, and fulsome answers. In other words, it’s “accountability” that lies trembling , resting right there on the altar of politics, awaiting it’s fate.

    In any event, Dear Counsel, this is only round one of a contest. The jury, the final arbiter, is not a whit concerned with such elegant legalese. The final jury, is vox populi. Or to be excruciatingly precise…vox populi vox die.

    I rest my weary case… on the bench, Sir.

  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine December 10, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Way to go Stuey, way to go Stuey. You could not have timed it any better. Provide all the goodies close to the election so that all bajans will remember is you giving them some nice little goodies in the next year. In that way, they will forget all the …… you did, and focus on the right you now want to present. Way to go Stuey way to go.

  3. Natalie Murray December 10, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I am happy for those workers who would now have security of tenure and can go to a banking institution for a mortgage.

    Let it be known.. this would not heal the wounds of people like me who were victimized by this administration. It would not heal the wounds of the NCC workers who were unfairly dismissed. It would not heal the wounds of the NHC, Drainage, MTW workers who were retrenched.

    It would certainly not heal the wounds of the former Beautify Barbados workers who are owed outstanding monies.

    I am sure that the Trade Union Leaders would see this as a victory for labour but it will not heal the wounds of the bullying and blatant attacks on the Trade Union movement.

    Quite frankly this is no gift – the hard working Public Servants of this country who are demonized and vilify on the call in programs and by some Ministers’ of government.

    It seems that hard working Public Servants only get their just rewards like Salary Increases and large scale appointments near election time.

    Public Servants are not stupid!!!!!!

  4. lester December 10, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Mr. Prime Minister now you have appointed these temporary workers, what about the workers who job description don’t equate to their functions e:g Supervisors doing clerical work, machine operators working in accounts dept,etc

  5. Marcia Clarke December 11, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Prayer and Persevere…………..That’s the only way folks.


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