Legal abuse!

Franklyn blasts govt over revised public service order

Government is being accused of practicing “legalized victimization” with the introduction of revised qualifications for public servants.

Under the Public Service (Qualifications) Order 2016 published last December, the educational requirements for civil servants have been upgraded, with some senior posts now demanding a postgraduate degree, a change from the minimum undergraduate degree previously required.

This has not gone down well with General Secretary of the Unity Workers Union (UWU) Caswell Franklyn, who views the charges with suspicion.

Having introduced tuition fees at the University of the West Indies for Barbadians seeking first degrees, the Freundel Stuart administration now wants to ensure only certain individuals get Government jobs, the trade unionist claimed.

“This was done so that the people they wanted to fill the posts would have the qualifications and there would not be a problem,” Franklyn told Barbados TODAY.

The union boss questioned what would happen to those who were in line for promotion under the previous order, but who did not qualify under the revised conditions.

For example, he said there were teachers who had the qualifications to be deputy principal and were awaiting interviews, but were then rendered ineligible by the changes.

“If I am qualified now, you cannot change it and stop me from being qualified to my disadvantage. Those people should have been given, not a month or two, because you cannot get a master’s degree under a year; if anything those people should have been given at least two years notice about the changes. You just cannot spring the changes like that.”

Franklyn contended that the Prime Minister, who is in charge of the Ministry of the Civil Service, had acted on bad advice when he agreed to the changes.

He also appealed to the labour movement to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the new order by standing up to the administration.

“The Prime Minister has been continuously misled by public servants for the entire period he has been in office, even as the Attorney General. He does not pay particular attention to what is happening and he acts on the advice no matter how bad it is. This is extremely bad advice that he has put into law. Many of these changes were made to accommodate certain people, but some of the others were thrown in to make it look like if they were doing something else.

“The unions think that as long as the Order becomes law and the minister signs it they cannot do anything about it. One union has so far told the Government to hold off and let their members act until they get the qualifications. That is madness. It shows that the person does not understand the law,” Franklyn said.

General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers Roslyn Smith told Barbados TODAY she was expected to meet with officials of the Ministry of the Civil Service before meeting with public officers on the issue.

8 Responses to Legal abuse!

  1. Samantha Best March 22, 2017 at 5:52 am

    This is no different to introducing the university fees to those students who were already enrolled. Barbados is the only country who did that to its students. Trinidad and Tobago informed all persons seeking to enter UWI that fees will be payable. All persons who were already students were exempt with a time line to graduate.

    Government did it with fees and got away so they add something else. They will keep doing it because no one who matters says anything. Which Civil Servant can afford to leave his or her job to pay fees and pay fees for his or her child or children at the same time? It is ludicrous.
    In all of this we are only hearing criticism from the opposition but no Plan B.

  2. Sam March 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

    The 2001 qualifications order is asking for degrees in HR management and management for almost all the jobs, totally disregarding the diversity of degrees these days

    where foundation and additional courses can be taken from across faculties to make up the degree credits outside of the core courses

    the Public Service moral is being eroded with this qualifications order 2016,

    experience with any degree (outside of technical areas such as accounts IT and a few more) should far outweigh degree alone,

    that was all the adjustment needed to the 2001 order, not a completely new one

    the work in the Public is not being done efficiently that should be their focus,

    do you know that a temporary officer can apply for and be appointed to a high post above a person who was acting in that post for 10 years or more and working the service longer than the temporary officer was alive, without any real understanding of the job or experience?

    and then the reverted officer would have to teach the newly appointed officer how to do the job?

  3. jennifer March 22, 2017 at 9:48 am

    @SAMANTHA – That is because there is no plan b. They are ALL eating at the hog table and leaving the others to sit like in the belly of that great whale.
    We probably need affirmative action on this.

  4. jennifer March 22, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Just like Jonah.

  5. jennifer March 22, 2017 at 10:14 am

    All that this is to get more money in the uwi coffers. It certainly will not foster any more productivity, enguinity, cohesiveness or strategies.

  6. Ernesta Catlyn March 22, 2017 at 10:27 am

    What qualifications do the Ministers need to have? Certainly any Minister of Education should then be required to have about 2 Phds and a couple Masters. Don’t get me started on what the qualifications of any Minister of Finance, especially during a recessionary period, should have.

    • Milli Watt March 22, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      A graphic artist degree……….TO BE ABLE TO PRINT BEAUTIFUL MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Corey Broom March 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I am just tired and fed-up of hearing people say that the opposition has no plans. People! You all need to become active in seeking out information. Stop just listening to the narrative that no one is offering suggestions, even the new political parties have some sort of approach to managing the affairs of the country. I hear it day in and day out from even my friends, that no one is bringing solutions; yet, no one gets themselves involved in the political process. They don’t go town hall meetings, they don’t voice their opinions to those in authority, they don’t read and they do not involve themselves in community activities. I have nothing else to say, and I know the first question people will ask is so where are the solutions and here we go again….


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