Oh no, DeLisle!

Union takes umbrage to Governor’s remarks

It seems as though Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler is not the only one Central Bank Governor Dr DeLisle Worrell has crossed in recent weeks.

Amid the present demand by the minister for the Governor to step down, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has issued a strongly worded statement in response to Worrell’s latest criticisms of the country’s public sector.

In giving his frank assessment of the Government service, Worrell had said it was “completely out of sync” with the “dynamic economy”, too slow to act and that “the running costs of public service exceeded tax and other revenues by a wide margin”.

“The majority of public servants are well trained and able and committed to the public good. They do an exceptional job, but too many in the service are inefficient and uninvolved and they treat citizens of this country and our visitors with disrespect,” he said during the Bank’s recently televised economic forum in which he had also warned of the need for more expenditure cuts and for Government to stop printing money.

“The Governor’s comments are indeed unfortunate and he would do well to carefully examine the one source of credible and relatively current date on the subject productivity – a customer satisfaction survey conducted by NISE [National Initiative for Service Excellence] that reveals that many public sector departments scored more favourable results than private sector entities,” the NUPW said in a statement on the matter.

It acknowledged that better could always be done, but said, “The Governor’s ridicule is unfair and misplaced”.

The union also took issue with Government’s to monetary adviser’s suggestion that the Central Bank was printing money every month to pay public servants.

“That is a reflection of how Government chooses to pay its bills, and has nothing to do with the public service,” the NUPW said, while suggesting that the real problem was Government’s inability to budget properly.

Source: (BT)

9 Responses to Oh no, DeLisle!

  1. antoinette sealy February 15, 2017 at 1:25 am

    @ NUPW

    I don’t think GCB ever said that the public workers weren’t well trained. He mentioned things about the service that every Barbadian who does business with Govrnment offices , is aware of. Please please visit the Registration Department any day and you would hear the complaints from mothers who are nursing babies and are frustrated with the inefficiency of that department. It hurts. Go to the QEH any morning and see the people waiting in the phlebotomy department to have their bloodworks done after overnight fasting. Just listen to the complaints and tell me how efficient that department is. The situation at Licencing department, Customs, Immigration, Land Tax etc. etc. is no different. The NUPW has outlived its usefullness.

  2. Hal Austin February 15, 2017 at 4:31 am

    It is not only the governor of the central bank, but anyone with wide experience who comes in to contact with the public sector sees the inefficient immediately.
    Some time ago, in a column for the Nation, I wrote about a young woman who went beyond the usual level of customer service to assist me in a matter.
    Although she was not identified, her line manager recognised who she was and threatened to discipline her. In any other country, she would have been praised by management and almost certainly be put in line for future promotion.
    The bullish and grossly aggressive NUPW, one of the worst trade unions in our history, is now claiming that a NISE survey is proof of customer satisfaction, of its members’ competence. It is not.
    A man on death row given a McDonalds’s will think it was the best meal ever. It is context.
    National productivity is grossly held back because of the old fashioned piles of paper in offices; we need technology to move towards a paperless administrative system; departments also need to share their files, ie between the land tax and the land registration departments.
    But, typically, every suggestion for improvement is greeted with hostility.

  3. Sylvie February 15, 2017 at 5:10 am

    The Central Bank Governer is completely wrong in making such comments.He has shown no loyalty to the Government.He has breached his contract.He has broken the confidentiality contract.He must resign.

  4. Bradg February 15, 2017 at 5:45 am

    @sylvie. And your evidence is………..??

  5. kingpin February 15, 2017 at 5:53 am

    “The majority of public servants are well trained and able and committed to the public good. They do an exceptional job, but too many in the service are inefficient and uninvolved and they treat citizens of this country and our visitors with disrespect,”

    • kingpin February 15, 2017 at 5:54 am

      this is so true

  6. Ejd February 15, 2017 at 7:33 am

    His comments are correct.

  7. Ernesta Catlyn February 15, 2017 at 8:56 am

    The Governor is correct. Sylvie you are dishonest. Don’t say he has breached his contract – say how. Worrell has been too loyal to the point of sacrificing his own economic beliefs to try and save this government. Not sorry for him though – we have become far too B or D in this country and have forfeited being Statespersons. Country first and Party a distant …….. second maybe?

  8. 3rdsun February 15, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Mr Worrell hit the nail on the head. The NUPW is like a pit-bull ready to attack whenever someone points out the inefficiencies in the civil service. Nuff o dem just collecting a paycheck nothing more.


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