No show

Statutory heads fail to attend Solutions Barbados event

The threat of being fired was seemingly not enough to motivate the leaders of this island’s top statutory corporations to attend an ISO 9001 town hall meeting put on by the fledgling Solutions Barbados last Wednesday.

Party officials were greeted with an empty hall when they turned up at the Combermere School to present the latest quality management system standard of the Geneva, Switzerland-based International Organization for Standardization.

It was just four days prior that the leader of the two-year-old party Grenville Phillips II had told those attending the party’s public launch in Independence Square that ISO 9001, “can solve most, if not all, of our nation’s management issues”.

Therefore, he said if Solutions Barbados were elected, 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.

“You are all on notice,” Phillips had said then 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 added.

However, the tough talk seemed to have little sway on the management of these entities, as Wednesday’s event had to be postponed due to a no show by members of the target audience with organizers promising to broadcast it at a later date on Facebook.

A disappointed Phillips chided the executives, arguing that they would much rather spend large sums of money to learn the very same material that his party was offering free of cost.

“As all Barbadians who access public service know, the management of the delivery of this service is very poor and this was an opportunity for them to learn about the system. Rather than paying half of a million dollars to a consultant they could have learnt all of this for free,” he said, adding that “we will have to now take a lot of the information and put it on our Facebook page so that at least the employees can start to gain some knowledge of the system”.

“The Barbados public service used to be really good, it was probably excellent because of the quality of persons that we had. In the first ten years of our independence we had very qualified persons therefore you didn’t need an ISO 9001 management system because the persons were very qualified. The problem is that a lot of these persons have gone,” the Solutions Barbados leader stressed.

16 Responses to No show

  1. Nathaniel December 4, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    What did he expect?

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  2. Sheron Inniss December 4, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Fret not Grenville. Pharaoh was stiff-necked too.

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  3. luther thorne December 5, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Nuhbody en taking SOLUTIONS serious
    Owen Seymour Arthur not impressed with SOLUTIONS or Grenville and dismissed them all. I have to take note. When with a chuckle Owen compared Grenville with ‘Jester’ and dismissed him forthwith , that ended SOLUTIONS election campaign and bid to get 50 votes.

    Rude awakening Bro !

    Wuh SOLUTIONS know about running a Government though ?
    Wuh SOLUTIONS know bout when resistance come from public officials and they cant really dictate to Public servants and get things done if the Public Servants resist you. Yuh gwine lock them up ?

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  4. James December 5, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Can’t expect to get votes if you criticize the workers so – just a reality. Did you consult anyone? The unions etc?

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    • Committed Bajan December 5, 2017 at 8:44 am

      I agree he must first get the unions involved, the management knows that it is bad but for now it benefits them

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  5. Nathaniel Samuels December 5, 2017 at 1:30 am

    He makes it sound so easy to accomplish, this ISO9001. How many companies in Barbados are so certified? How long did it take them to accomplish it?
    Everything is so easy for Solutions Barbados; forgiveness of debt, 10% across-the-board and the sweetness goes on.
    Well, when the votes are tallied, the Government will be sweetened by all those deposits it will collect.
    Hopefully, VAT and NSRL will be added to the deposit so that more will be collected.

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  6. Bajan boy December 5, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Boy is true true nitwit..He even look clownish..

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  7. Greengiant December 5, 2017 at 7:25 am

    He never criticised the workers, he criticised the system of operation.

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    • Jennifer December 5, 2017 at 9:45 am

      But nobody want any systems change.

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  8. Big Man December 5, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Bajans don’t like the TRUTH prefer lies and largesse
    and hearing that BLP gine put money in yuh pocket

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  9. Ossie Moore December 5, 2017 at 11:08 am

    You should know better!! Knowing Bajans they might think they are being given a fresh dose o’ Epsom salts, followed by a dose o’ castor oil!

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  10. Joe Blow December 5, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Instead of implementing the ISO 9001 quality management system, the government implemented NISE, which just teaches public workers to say hello, goodbye, please and thank you. the NISE initiative makes no management changes whatsoever. So we get a polite public service, but the same bad management of it, and thus no efficiency or cost reduction gains. What a waste of time.

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  11. milli watt December 5, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    you expect this inept, lousy, lazy, lying, tiefing, lawless white mout always wid a hand out crowd to change. you would have better luck surviving wid out air

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  12. Grenville Phillips II December 5, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    We are aware that the ISO 9001 management standard is not a popular vote-getting issue. However, as explained during our public event in Independence Square, the CEOs were to be without excuse.

    We held the ISO 9001 Town Hall just in case any CEOs and Board members cared enough about their employees and customers to be trained to start it the following day. They demonstrated that they do not care, so now they are without excuse.

    During the ISO 9001 town hall, we actually designed ISO 9001 compliant documentation for the QEH, just to show those present how simple it actually was. All other public services could have similarly benefitted. Had the intended audience attended, we could have been enjoying better managed public services today.

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  13. Bajan Patriot December 5, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Grenville my advice to you is to drop that for now. Focus your attention on kitchen table issues. Our people are in a State of price and tax shock. You need to speak in a way that ordinary bajans can understand and identify with you message.

    The party trols and distractors will be out to discredit you.
    Stay focused on the issue that matters.

    Forget about fancy meetings. Mount a P.A system ln a truck and hit the road spreading your message. Good luck bro.

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  14. Asonofman December 8, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Where the pursuit of justice and righteousness are at the core of your struggle, you become invincible… ‘night does run till day ketch it’!
    Keep fighting the good fight of faith Solutions Barbados!… Great things can and have very often come from humble beginnings. No greater testimony exists to this truth than the seemingly humble beginnings of a certain baby boy in a Bethlehem manger!!!

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