Adopt ISO standard or be fired, Phillips warns

Chief executives of some of the island’s top statutory corporations are being put on notice that should the fledgling Solutions Barbados win the next general election they will be forced to adopt its recommended management system of face the axe.

Leader of the two-year-old party Grenville Phillips II is touting ISO 9001, the latest quality management system standard of the Geneva, Switzerland-based International Organization for Standardization, as the management system of choice for all government agencies.

Phillips told the public launch of candidates at Independence Square on Saturday night that ISO 9001 “can solve most, if not all, of our nation’s management issues”.

Therefore, he said it would be made mandatory for the Barbados Revenue Authority, Barbados Water Authority, Licensing Authority, National Petroleum Corporation, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sanitation Service Authority and Transport Board to adopt this system.

Otherwise, those who refuse to follow this directive will be sacked, he said.

“You are all on notice,” Phillips said in reference to the top brass of each entity.

“I am calling on you to start implementing the ISO 9001 quality management system for the benefit of your long-suffering employees and the long-suffering public or your contracts will not be renewed in a Solutions Barbados administration,” he stressed.

Over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries are ISO 9001 certified, according to the organization, which explains that the standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management and continual improvement.

Phillips predicted that the heads of some of these statutory bodies might question his competence to make such a demand.

However, he was confident that he would emerge as Prime Minister after the election, due by the middle of next year, giving him the licence to demand change.

“I am well aware that there some fellows on these boards who will ask, ‘who is this Grenville Phillips? Why do we need to listen to him? Why can’t we keep managing these employees and resources as badly as we have?’ Please tell him for me that he will be the next prime minister after the upcoming general elections … I’m trying to help all of you,” the structural engineer and candidate for St George North said.

He added that his party would be fair to all involved by organizing a training session on Wednesday to explain ISO 9001 in detail, and invited them to “send some persons and come yourself… so you will be without excuse”

24 Responses to Adopt ISO standard or be fired, Phillips warns

  1. luther thorne November 27, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen
    Presenting the next Prime Minister.
    Mia !

    Take a step back. A real Pime Minister just walked in.

  2. david gibbs November 27, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    The man ain’t get a vote yet and talking about firing already? I detect a certain anti-public service attitude which he seems to view as being totally inept and the primary cause of Barbados’ problems. So far I have heard: 1. Public servants will not be allowed to join political parties. 2. Public servants must implement ISO standards are you will be fired 3. His candidates must be all former business persons (i.e no former public servants required). 4. His anti-corruption policies are targeted only at public servants from what i can gather.

  3. Bajan Patriot November 28, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Yes Grenville put them on notice that you nean business. Im a serious man just like you. We need a business man as our next prime minister and not a career politician. Barbadians have gottent use to mediocrity and bad behavior from its political clowns in high office. Its time to clean house starting with the unproductive overstaff pubic services employee. Go through each department and evaluate every one of them and whats there roll in that job. 26.000 government employees for a small island is to much. You have my support brother. Change or go home.

  4. Alex Alleyne November 28, 2017 at 6:14 am

    The Caribbean Trump ?.

  5. Sheron Inniss November 28, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Up de ting Grenville.

  6. jrsmith November 28, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Trump is a billionaire businessman …………………..

    • Jennifer November 28, 2017 at 7:02 am

      Not only that he has the right principle for HIS people too. We need that mentality in this lopsided place. Wake your azzes up. They voted for trump too.

      • Jennifer November 28, 2017 at 7:05 am

        Or let us stick to the DIERLECTS, SQUANDERS, PILFERS ETC.

  7. Alex Alleyne November 28, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Next he will appoint him self “PRESIDENT FOR LIFE” and fully make it “MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY”.

  8. Michae chow November 28, 2017 at 7:26 am

    New life new blood!

  9. Saga Boy November 28, 2017 at 7:59 am

    You know de man has a good point. I like this idea of the Iso standard. I would vote for you before them BLP Jokers any day.

  10. archy perch November 28, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Leave politics to politicians and business to businessmen/businesswomen. Donald (jack the ass) Trump is a classic example. Running a government is different to running a business. It is easy to be a critic and demand 100 percent efficiency, but step back from the mirror and look at yourself. Do you do your job well? Are you as efficient as you are now demanding of government and its Ministers?
    Do you make plans and promises which circumstances cause you to alter or not keep? Can you turn water into wine? Do you sometimes have money earmarked for insurance, but have to spend it on some other unexpected occurrence? Are you living within your means or not? Are you going to let a fake QC – pull wool over your clouded eyes for ever and ever???

  11. jrsmith November 28, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Too long we have left politics to politicians , thats why they are out of control , they do what they like , when they like , say what they like when they like , behave as they like , treat our black masses as like ****e , they need reigning in………………………
    Not only in Barbados , but across the so call democratic world, we need politicians to be accountable , they play games party to party , they hook themselves up to corporations , corporations who support they parties and at this point in time we can boldly accuse them the politicians of (Political Corporate Corruption) in most of every case………………
    Our people in Barbados is so locked down ,locking in to the same political party behavior which they cannot get away from , how really different it is ,that we have people who votes were cast for them to look after the security and economy of our country failed in every respect to the satisfaction , of the 1%ers who never engage them selves with politics in Barbados…………………….
    We can now consider johnny’s rum shop down the road , asking johnny to give them a try see how clever they are. , see how many he can select to help him do better………………….

  12. luther thorne November 28, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Solutions have to be minded by the Blow Back or Push Back. Unscrupulous people are not going to allow Solutions to rain on their parade. ML Car, positions and Jobs at stake .

  13. Roverp November 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Seriously any potential leader that starts with threats must be watched as it shows who he or she is. We have due process and labour laws. We have collective agreements etc. Obviously some of us have no idea of marketing. Some of us have dictatorial tendencies and that can be a warning sign to no so good things.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine November 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      Where did the man utter a threat? The man stated a fact. If you refuse to endorse a standard intended to improve the dismal and unaccountable operation of government ministries and departments, then you will become unemployed.

  14. Jenny M. Jay
    Jenny M. Jay November 28, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Actually, Mr. Phillips said, and I quote, “your contracts will not be renewed” End quote…of course with further supporting reasons.

  15. Tom November 28, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Mr Phillips, I fully support your plans to introduce the Quality Management Systems(ISO9001).I am also glad that you are giving this important management tool the public exposure so very necessary at this time. I am surprised and disappointed that the organisations you mentioned have not seen it fit to embrace this system without prodding.
    I would add, however, that we also need a prompt review of the selection and composition of these Boards. I would suggest a system of fair and open competition where skills and competencies are paramount. We should also say no to political appointees.The current system tends to demotivate staff and harm productivity and prevents the continual improvements so necessary for quality products and services. Additionally, demonstrate that the Board and senior management rewards give appropriate weight to performance for customers as well as financial performance, and explaining transparently how the performance standards have been set and assessed each year.

  16. Greengiant November 28, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    All Barbadians should check to see which companies in Barbados have attained the ISO certification. See how they’ve grown and expanded since attaining the certification, adopting it’s systems and developing their employees with the said systems.

    Step it up Phillips, I have your back and will push the principles of Solutions Barbados throughout this country. We are ready for battle, let these historical dead beat, tired, sleeping, parties and their legally laden dead weight candidates bring it on. I make no apologies for my description of their candidates either.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine November 28, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Man stop beating around the bush and call them by their corrupt names. Ya think we in ducts guts because of their honesty and show of integrity. Call them by their rightful names.

  17. gsmiley November 28, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Actually I take Solutions more seriously than UPP

  18. Donild Trimp November 28, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Standardization is not a bad thing but stating someone will be fired for not adopting ISO standards is not politically savvy.

    You need a political coach if you intend to become PM.

  19. luther thorne November 28, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Actually both Solutions and UPP should be subsumed under the two major parties
    I agree with Donald that he will need a political coach if he intends to become PM.
    If by some ‘ miracle ‘ Solutions wins the election , they will have to call on the same DLP and BLP.
    Solutions believe that all the CHRISTIANS will vote for them. SOLUTIONS is just like the new fangle dangle Churches whose leaders can not agree with anybody and run off and form their little Church thing somewhere. Solutions should try to change the established parties by being part and not apart


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