Thousands of public servants to be appointed

As the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) continues its attempts to woo voters for the general election constitutionally due by the middle of this year, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has made yet another major pre-ballot promise.

Stuart announced at a DLP meeting at Queen’s College last night that thousands of public servants who have been working for three years or more would receive their official appointments by March 1, mere days before the life of Parliament is set to expire, unless the election is called earlier.

Dismissing calls by leading economists, including former Central Bank Governor Dr DeLisle Worrell, for public sector lay-offs to curb spending, the “stench” of which the Prime Minister said he found offensive, Stuart said he would never resort to dismissing civil servants in a desperate attempt to save the economy.

“I do not accept and will never accept that when the Barbados economy gets into trouble that the workers are to be the fall guys in this exercise all the time to bring it back to respectability,” he told supporters.

“We have to find other ways to ensure that we can correct our problems. If the workers have done nothing wrong, why should they be victims to all of this?” he further questioned, while adding that public sector lay-offs were “the easy way out”.

It was a statement that ran contrary to Stuart administration’s own action in 2013 after it secured a second term, having campaigned on a promise that public workers would not lose their jobs.

However, with the economy under pressure at the time, the administration introduced a 19-month homegrown adjustment programme, which included severing approximately 3,000 Government workers, including 200 employees of the National Conservation Commission, whom the Employments Rights Commission ruled two years later, were unfairly dismissed.

In announcing the spending cuts back in 2013, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler had suggested that the plan to cut public sector jobs would result in Government saving as much as $143 million.

Sinckler had also said that Government had agreed to institute a “strict programme of attrition” across the central public service, filling posts only where it was absolutely unavoidable, over a five-year period ending 2018-2019.

Four years later, in July last year, Minister of Education Ronald Jones announced that only 1,300 workers had actually been sent home, even though Government had publicly announced three times as many layoffs.

“We used the phrase, ‘we are going to send home 3,000’ [but] you know, we never did,” Jones had told DLP supporters gathered at St Giles Primary School.

“The [actual] figure was like 1,300. We kept all of those things quiet – 1,300 out of the 3,000,” he stressed at the time.

With the economy continuing to struggle and with the island’s foreign exchange reserves slumping to just 6.6 weeks of import cover at the end of December last year, Stuart last night assured DLP faithful that Barbadians “will not live on our knees”.

The Prime Minister also revealed that both the Estimates and the Barbados Sustainable Recovery Plan (BSRP) would be laid in Parliament tomorrow.

The BSRP, which Stuart said “is not just cosmetic”, will address growth, fiscal sustainability, foreign exchange and social sectors.

It came out of a meeting of the Social Partnership in August 2017, where three working groups were established to propose recommendations on fiscal reform, growth and sustainability, and social responsibility.

“We have put in place and made provisions for an oversight committee to make sure that continuing oversight is exercised over it, so that the deadlines can be met and Barbados can be a better place by 2021 and 2202,” Stuart said, as he assured party supporters that his administration “was on top of the issues” affecting the island.

The announcement of the public service appointments was the second major pre-election declaration by the administration in two days, after Sinckler announced in Parliament on Friday that more than 1,400 housing units had been surveyed and would be officially transferred to occupants in a matter of weeks.

In making the revelation, Sinckler said 3,032 people, which included about 500 from his St Michael North West constituency, would be “empowered from just tenants to the concept of homeowners”.

katrinaking@barbadostoday.bb

39 Responses to Thousands of public servants to be appointed

  1. Bajan boy February 5, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Bajans don’t let this heartless inept ugly thug fool wunnah again

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    • Tee White February 6, 2018 at 7:24 am

      Whenever I hear somebody describe Freundel as ugly, I immediately think I’m hearing a white supremacist perspective. First what has his looks got to do with his politics? Second, are we saying he’s ugly because he has African features when 97% of us are the descendants of the Africans that were brought here? Please stop the black self hatred. Let us love ourselves, including how we look. Criticise Freundel by all means but leave his looks out of it.

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      • milli watt February 6, 2018 at 8:55 am

        @ Bajan boy now now…… language

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      • Jennifer February 6, 2018 at 9:08 am

        Tee white – just maybe BB is white.

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  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine February 5, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Still will not save your tail hole. No one will be fooled by you twice

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  3. jennifer February 5, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Peoples take all what you can get – corn beef too. When ALL these 1%ers get in, none ain’t serving you guys. Conditions remain the same or down for you lot.

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    • hcalndre February 6, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Barbados is still a third world country, don`t be fooled by the politicians. Ninety days on probation and you are hired or let go, how can a person work 10 years and more and is still not certain they have a job.

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  4. luther thorne February 6, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Corned Beef and Biscuit.
    Somebody needs to hold a Corned Beef and Biscuits Party
    A workable theme for an event..
    Come on Event Planners.

    This same crowd stopped people from getting appointed in 2008 , laid off people in 2013. Refused to give workers an increase. Raise the Cost of Living, depleted the reserves as usual.

    Look wunna had 10 years and that is more than enough. Stop being POWER HUNGRY

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  5. archy perch February 6, 2018 at 2:48 am

    A massive propaganda campaign was waged by the crooked Barbados Labour Party against the government ever since the DLP’s success at both polls in 2008 and 2013. Mia and her divided bandits are masters of the craft of lying, second only to Donald Trump. They have managed to demonize the elected members of the DLP with a well oiled fake news machine, highlighting all the negatives and trumpeting the fears of the masses. Trump di it well also and is slowly destroying that other place. The positives are not even mentioned. However, the people are not stupid.

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  6. hcalndre February 6, 2018 at 5:18 am

    @archy perch; Barbados is already down on its knees, I know that you can`t see but at least you can hear, smell and feel, why can`t you speak of the 10 years that the DLP ran the country, the BLP is not responsible for 22 down grades, FR down the lowest in 22 years, can`t get a lone, no proper bus service, 10 years the civil servants have not had a dime added to their wages and now election time is here they are finding money for other issues and give outs, Bro. Akanni Mc Dowall keep the pressure on them, they are telling you to go and drink the water from the So. Coast.

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  7. straight talk February 6, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Why the government rushing to do all these now after 10 years in office, you just wake up and remember that when you call elections these are the people that would want to support you?why only in your last days you now about appointments after treating workers like nobody

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  8. Tony Webster February 6, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Surely, this is The Second …err….sorry…de THIRD coming?
    A miracle?
    Wunna mekkin’ mock-sport with the very future of our children. Tek your desperate tactics, and shove it, Sar. Next: You cud try selling St. Phillip, or Culpepper Island, because you clearly run out of tricks.
    You don’t even have the cash to buy every public servant a pair of S.Y. Adam ‘s shoes…unless you ask Central bank to print some Grantleys first- or borrow it from C.D.B. for ” public transportation requirements”.

    Verily…turns the stomach.

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  9. Troy February 6, 2018 at 7:17 am

    My fellow Barbadian Electorate I urge you, I beseech you, I beg you, don’t take the bait. Tek de appointments, tek de houses. But vote DEM out. Not another term.

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  10. Tee White February 6, 2018 at 8:02 am

    This upcoming election confirms just how powerless Bajans really are in this so-called ‘representative democracy’. These cynical ‘corn beef and bisciuits’ moves by the DLP won’t solve our country’s problems. Nor will electing the BLP who remain silent on whether they will put the country into the hands of the IMF. Our problems can’t be solved by replacing Tweedle Dum with Tweedle Dee nor vice versa. We’ve been doing that for over 50 years and look where we are today.

    Without addressing the fundamental problem that we are still operating an economic, political, social and cultural system that was put here to keep the majority down, we are not going to get out of our present situation. In the 51 years of independence, we have exchanged the sugar cane plantation for the tourism plantation, but the ownership remains the same and the wealth we produce goes to provide luxurious lifestyles for others while we haven’t got a decent health care system, the public transport system is falling apart, the cost of liviing is murder, young people are becoming bitter and disillusioned and falling into crime and much more.

    Freundel is totally right when he says, “If the workers have done nothing wrong, why should they be victims to all of this?”, but the workers will have to get organised and discuss how best to secure their interest if they don’t want to continue being victims. Barbados needs renovation. We need to put an end to the system of party government. We need to empower ourselves to be the decision makers in our country. We should set the government’s programme, select the candidates from our communities and workplaces and then elect representatives who we keep on a tight, accountable leash. We need to renovate our economy so that the wealth we produce remains right here to provide us with a 21st century lifestyle that leaves out no-one. We need to renovate our culture so we make the final break with white supremacy and take pride in who we are and what we do.

    In effect we need to get organised to turn into reality those words from our national anthem which declare, “…these fields and hills beyond recall are now our very own.”

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    • Jennifer February 6, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Well said. The second paragraph pins it all down. Then the same parasites and some faithful house negroes make league and talking about entitlement etc. When all these leaders got the majority on financial, historical, moral, and social lock down via those old systems. And believe you me any renovation of this economy will lead down the same suppressive, depressive, deceptive road. These leaders are seriously cross eyed.

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  11. hcalndre February 6, 2018 at 8:22 am

    The next move by the DEMS will be to get their radio propaganda CBC talk show on again, giving Maureen 3/4 days, the lizard 1 day and loud mouth 1 day. That station will still be a failure because its being run by an incompetent government and their choices. Barbados is the only place in the world that people are given commendations for their ineptness.

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  12. Just observing February 6, 2018 at 9:06 am

    As far as I can remember there are only a specific number of established posts in government. Are these positions available ? I doubt very much as posts become vacant as people retire, resign or die. I would love to hear the Ministry of the Civil Service take on this. Something is seriously wrong here. This reckless action has me terrified. Someone with greater knowledge please she’d some light.

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  13. Angela February 6, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Party politics in the society in the country only keeps us economically and developmentally poor. Party politics basically is about competition and only offers superficial remedies. Wise up everyone let us get one party with a philosophy that everyone agrees to and set of representatives subject to recall.

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  14. Angela February 6, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Just observing, people can only be appointed to vacant post in the civil service and there are many vacancies. Just stop in at Personnel Administration building at Collymore Rock and askt he question of how many vacancies there exist and for which posts

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  15. Ossie Moore February 6, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Tee White _1 says : ” Our problems can’t be solved by replacing Tweedle Dum with Tweedle Dee nor vice versa. We’ve been doing that for over 50 years and look where we are today.”

    Tee White _ 2 says : ” In the 51 years of independence, we have exchanged the sugar cane plantation for the tourism plantation, but the ownership remains the same and the wealth we produce goes to provide luxurious lifestyles for others while we haven’t got a decent health care system, the public transport system is falling apart, the cost of liviing is murder, young people are becoming bitter and disillusioned and falling into crime and much more. ”

    hcalndre : ” Barbados is the only place in the world that people are given commendations for their ineptness.”

    Just observing says : ” Something is seriously wrong here.”

    Angela says : ” Party politics in the society in the country only keeps us economically and developmentally poor. Party politics basically is about competition and only offers superficial remedies.”

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  16. Just observing February 6, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Angela I have worked in Government for over 40 years . There are only so many civil established posts. Why is my son then working for nearly 10 years and cannot be appointed? Reason given? There are only x number of established posts so he and others with even more years must wait for retirement or death of other colleagues.I need someone to enlighten us here.

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  17. Ossie Moore February 6, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Tee White says : ” Whenever I hear somebody describe Freundel as ugly, I immediately think I’m hearing a white supremacist
    perspective .
    . . . . . . . . . . . are we saying he’s ugly because he has African features when 97% of us are the descendants of the Africans that were brought here? Please stop the black self hatred. Let us love ourselves, including how we look.”

    Ossie Moore says : Whenever I see the way in which the Barbados media and the R O Y A L Barbados Police describe black Barbadians , I immediately think of a white supremacists perspective also.

    Is the Barbados media ( the (Barbados Today online and the Barbados nation newspaper ) saying that black Barbadians all look like monkeys , apes , gorillas , elephants , chimpanzees , etc just because 97% of Bajans are the descendants of the Africans that were brought here?

    Please stop the black self hatred ROYAL Barbados Police ( Roland Cobbler ), Barbados Today online and Barbados nation newspaper ! ! !. Let us love ourselves, including how we look.”

    Black Barbadians are described as having :

    A round head
    large forehead
    large ears
    big nose
    big eyes
    large mouth
    large teeth
    bow legs
    walks with an erect stance ( should black bajans be crawling around on all fours . both hands and knees )

    What the people in the media and the R O Y AL Barbados PAO ( Public Affairs officer ) don’t realize is that they have the very same very same derogatory jungle animal resemblances descriptions that they are giving out about their very own also point back to the way they look also.

    In other words you’ve got THE BARBADIAN POT CALLING THE BAJAN KETTLE BLACK ! ! ! !

    To quote commenter Tee White ” Please stop the black self hatred. Let us love ourselves, including how we look.”

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    • Jennifer February 6, 2018 at 11:58 am

      OSSIE – You are correct – why??? Black people are cloned, so no wonder this people look – hair, act, dress, and talk like their slave masters including nomenclature. And no reversal plans in sight.

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  18. harry turnover February 6, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Freundel Stuart says that “We have to find other ways to ensure that we can correct our problems. If the workers have done NOTHING WRONG, why should they be victims to all of this?” he further questioned, while adding that public sector lay-offs were “THE EASY WAY OUT ”
    Therefore the DEMS used the EASY WAY OUT in 2013 by SENDING HOME 4000 PLUS BECAUSE they OBVIOUSLY DID SOMETHING WRONG.

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  19. sticks and stones February 6, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    A master stroke. Stuart drove a heart in the demonic blp party. sending the bees in political fright

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  20. Ossie Moore February 6, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Jennifer says : ” Black people are cloned, so no wonder this people look – hair, act, dress, and talk like their slave masters including nomenclature. And no reversal plans in sight. ”

    Ossie Moore : You are very right Lady J , and I am very shocked that more are more ” black Barbadians ” do not voice their outrage to this situation.

    A few week ago bajans . . . ” mostly black ” responded by the dozens in outrage with their very disgusting ( puckered lips ,sucking air through their teeth ) . . . stupse , when there was a topic about tinted car windows. But yet still they don’t respond en masse and with outrage when there are being described like jungle animals by their own kind namely the black Barbados media ( The Barbados Today online and the Barbados Nation newspaper ) and the black ROYAL Barbados Police Force (RBPF).

    What is ironic is that if a white bajan , a white tourist , or a white foreigner from another part of the world had described a black bajan in that jungle island derogatory manner , then all hell would break loose in Barbados with white people being called ” racists , prejudiced , and everything that is bad.

    Can you imagine a white Police officer in Europe , The USA , Canada , Great Britain , South Africa , etc saying :

    ” the missing person is a Barbadian citizen with a :

    A round head
    large forehead
    large ears
    big nose
    big eyes
    large mouth
    large teeth
    bow legs
    walks with an erect stance

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  21. luther thorne February 6, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    The people fed up wid the DLP
    I DO NOT see anybody between 18 – 25 voting for dis decrepit crowd.

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  22. sticks and stones February 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Lol not many votes there any how. Between third parties and voters apathy the bees got there work cut out fir them.

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  23. harry turnover February 6, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    The PM just throw bag fulls of scratch grain and looka DEM yard fowls and paling cocks jostling one another to collect something and to tell themselves that that was a master stroke ..lord have mercy !!..as though those same Civil Servants are assured votes that would ensure another term.
    Time running out….ONLY 4 MORE MONTHS of wunna though.

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  24. harry turnover February 6, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Heard on a call in program that CHERRY picking is in FULL SWING.If that is so, then the BEES should take note of those names that come JUNE they would know what they have to do with them,and I can ASSURE you DEM yard fowls and paling cocks,the BEES WILL continue what the DEMS did when they came into power in 2008 with their FATTED CALF mentality,this time it will be the HONEY mentality.

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    • jennifer February 6, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      HA ha nice one HT.

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  25. Sheron Inniss February 6, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    He haw…..

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  26. Haskell Murray February 6, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Here is one solution for the government cutting expenditures other than laying off public servants. Barbados is a small island with a population of approximately 300,000 people and 11 parishes but
    we have 30 constituencies , Why?. Solution is not to send home public servants but get rid of 19 of these constituencies and that means getting rid of 19 politicians and the government will save hundreds of millions of dollars annually.Barbados only needs ONE parliamentary representative per parish not THREE.
    This is an idea I hope the next government should implement for the 2023 election.

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    • Leroy February 6, 2018 at 7:32 pm

      Politics is a selfish game..that wo t ever happen

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  27. Haskell Murray February 6, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Just to continue with my comments there is no need for Barbados to have 21 senators , this should be cut to TEN thus saving the government millions of dollars annually .

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  28. Sheron Inniss February 7, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Even better politicians should not be paid. Ha ha ha, but I am serious.

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  29. straight talk February 7, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Give away everything now make yuhself look good, get vote back in win thee government and then make life twice three times as hard as you did in the last ten years bring tax after tax after tax increase VAT and tell it is only for 18 months and when the time up never tek it off leave thee sewage on the streets and usher in the downgrades one after the other. Bajan stupid

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  30. Helicopter(8P) February 8, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    It feels so good to be in your own property (home) it’s just overwhelmingly good! Now you can make it what you want.

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