Fire them!

Some public servants too laissez-faire, complains Inniss

Outspoken Government Minister Donville Inniss has suggested that a senior public officer who reportedly failed to act on several letters from a company which has since decided to move part of its business from Barbados, should be fired.

It was an example of the tardiness displayed by some in the public sector which the Minister of Industry and Small Business Development said was having a detrimental effect on businesses and he wants offenders held accountable.

The minister told Barbados TODAY that while he was not tarring the entire civil service, he strongly condemned what he called a laissez-faire attitude by some when it came to business. He said the situation was impacting the economy.

“Sometimes we do not really appreciate from [the public sector] end how the delays impact on businesses . . . I saw correspondence from a long-established, public company in Barbados that was sent to the director of a public institution, complaining that for over two years they have been waiting on that institution to refund them monies that are due to them. . . and that the institution has not responded to their various letters and the [company is] therefore prepared to close one of their departments and move to another location.

“The thing that saddens me . . .  assuming that it is true because we have to wait until it is investigated, is that the particular departmental head of that institution received the correspondence and did not act in it.

“The issue is not getting the refund but at least acknowledge the correspondence. I am saying that company should not be in a position today to send home workers and move to another location.  The head of that department should be fired,” Inniss said.

The Member of Parliament for St James South said there was too little accountability when things went wrong, and often the politician is blamed.

“We as ministers take our licks . . . every four or five years we go to the polls, some retain their seats and some get voted out [but] the public service continues.

“What scares me is when there is a culture that says ministers take all the blame, officers take none; ministers come, ministers go, the system remains.

“My view is that we have to continue to strive for improvements in the service and I am not attacking any public officer. I am more looking at the structure and the system because believe you me there are many public officers who are frustrated with the system too,” the minister noted.

Inniss said there was a good structure within the public service, despite the weaknesses in the system.

“Believe you me, it is not just the private sector who feels frustrated. Sometimes it is public officers who also feel frustrated. I think looking on from the outside, people don’t realize.

“As a ministry or as a department, you may write a letter on an important matter to another ministry and sometimes six months pass and you don’t get a response and you are waiting on that to make a decision. Sometimes even within ministries you send a file across to someone and a couple weeks later no one has gotten back to you,” he lamented, describing this as an unacceptable, fundamental issue.

22 Responses to Fire them!

  1. Saga Boy October 19, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    That is the only way we will reform the public sector. Some of my colleagues are a law unto themselves. The sit around the office all day sometimes pretending to be busy. The make things seem so complicated and prolong decisions to appear important or to get a kickback, Time to fire them if they are not productive and efficient. They are holding this country back. Many years ago I worked in a department were one of the employees spent almost the entire day in Nelson Street. He was never fired because of political connections.

  2. luther thorne October 20, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Talk yuh Talk Mr. Prime Minister( my PM)?.
    A lot of unproductive square pegs in round with a culture of sloth and lethargy. To get them to even acknowledge correspondence is most difficult. Many Heads of Departments are tardy in response to correspondence. They have this thing about not writing down anything, a- FOOLISH mode of opetating. But Mr Inniss your own boss is guilty too.
    Cant wait for Mr. Inniss to become Prime Minister. Should happen Now.i80jj

  3. Ossie Moore October 20, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Hey Don ! Barbados ( buhbaydus ) itself is a laissez-faire 2 x 4 banana republic. . . .. what else do you expect ?

  4. hcalndre October 20, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Mr. Minister; this slow thing was going on for decades in every one of the government entities from top to bottom including you all. Some workers believe that they are untouchable when they got the job through the politician. Things that can be done in 15 minutes take at least 10 days in Barbados, some issues would only take a phone call and you would hear that you have to come to the place and even the phone call takes almost half of the day to get some one to speak with. Places such as the motor vehicle, the telephone, the unemployment office, the Banks almost every business even going to a show is a long wait to get inside and be seated.

  5. John Boore October 20, 2017 at 6:31 am

    The Minister needs to understand that he too is acting in this way!

    Who else can change the way the system works – he and his colleagues are the ones to make some decisions and change the way the system is working – they are the only ones that can do that.

    So Mr Minister – what are you going to do about it?

  6. Tony Webster October 20, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Effin a ZR driver ent satisfy wid his conductor…’e does get fire. It’s only in the Public Service that such crap is routine, and “the norm”. Our Unions are not innocent in such matters, for sure.

    Such things reduce all Barbadians, and make a mockery of Pride and Industry.

    So Go Ahead, Action-Man Donville: FIRE him….and tell us when it is done.

  7. ANDY G October 20, 2017 at 7:36 am

    This has been going on long long time.You cant touch them because the unions supports that type of attitude.Remember when a former pm call the civil service a bunch of occupancy.Only in Barbados the unions rule.Ask bizzy about the union and the crane at the port and at what cost.

  8. 3rdsun October 20, 2017 at 7:37 am

    When they was sending home workers 3 years ago they should have start with the lazy top end instead of the hard working bottom end. But the unions say last in first out, so the culture continues.

  9. Ossie Moore October 20, 2017 at 8:28 am

    That’s why I always say that I could never live on that piece of 2 x 4 galvanized , flying fish mentality , piece of banana republic rock ever again.

  10. Ossie Moore October 20, 2017 at 8:36 am

    . . . .just imagine this , a little speck in the dust parish like St. James and you have politicians for St. James North , St.James South , St.James East and St.James West.

    Seems to me then like each politician only has to get 79 votes to win his / her division.

    How many politicians does it take to run a little piece of rock ?

  11. bk October 20, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Unions. Always bout the blasted place marching up and down, and when you check the productivity of their members, its sorely lacking. Any increases in salaries should be tied to productive output, as is done in the real world. We really live in a banana republic.

    • roger headley October 20, 2017 at 9:30 am

      I agree 100%, but who has been tardy in putting appraisal systems in place, the Union or the government?

  12. roger headley October 20, 2017 at 9:29 am

    A lot of blame has to go to the Ministers too. In a large number of cases, it is the ones that ‘the Minister sends’ that plays the donkey.
    On a serious note, can you fire a public officer before you fire a Minister?

  13. Junior October 20, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Fire the politicians too,read the auditor general the four companies that you revpmrd the licenses.

  14. BaJan boy October 20, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Don’t worry about show boat he will be fired soon too..

  15. Helicopter(8P) October 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Donville that is a perfect piece of observation ! It seems to be the old syndrome of the sugar cane crop time! The cane cutters slow down the process of cutting the cane bank until they hear the factory horn blowing out.

  16. Anita Greaves October 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Donville Inniss

    What needs to be don is a revamping of the system; if you were politically appointed by the government at the end of their term that political appointee needs to find a new job. Also revamping of the whole public system with employees; reviewed the policy and guidelines and allowed those who are qualified (if doing a great job stay on) and all others reapply for the job through job announcements.

    If government take a stand for people performing his or her job it is no need for businesses to close their doors and leave innocent people without jobs. This process has been going on for over 65 years and process need to change.

    Look to the future with our young Barbadians who leave and go abroad to college and graduate with honors extra make some type of appeal to our children to make Barbados great again and to be the most outstanding island to visit or do business with again.

    Barbadians must adjust to change, the government keep changing but the appointed staff member never change and the reports are still the same. Danger hanging over the government head tax payers should be reimbursed just like businesses.

    As a proud Bajan living abroad want our country to shine and remain one of the most valuable islands in the Caribbean.

  17. KB October 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    the public sector is not unlike other organisations, what happens at the top leadership positions filters down to the lower levels….if the worker has a laissez-faire approach …then look higher up the ladder for the solution.

  18. Ossie Moore October 20, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Anita Greaves says : ” As a proud Bajan living abroad want our country to shine and remain one of the most valuable islands in the Caribbean”.

    Ossie : Anita Rip Van Winkle , you better wake up outa your sleep.

  19. Belfast October 20, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Mr Minister put your Prime Minister, Minister of the Environment, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Housing, Minister of Transport and the Minister of Finance, et al at the head of that list, which we intend to take care of sometime in 2018.

  20. Sheron Inniss October 20, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Fire all of the public servants who would not do an honest days work for an honest days pay and fire the Ds too.

  21. Sheron Inniss October 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Fire the yardfowl boards too


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