Friday 28 February, 2020

Numbers in Civil Service inadequate for business, says union boss

Government is being urged to pay more attention to service levels in the Public Service, especially in light of the retrenchments that took place last year.

The caution has come from General Secretary of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB), Dennis De Peiza, who points to the long queues being experienced by members of the public when doing business at government agencies and departments, as a growing cause for concern.

He noted, considering the resulting level of inconvenience which is suffered, this problem appears to stem from the inadequate number of staff available to service the public. 

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“The problems being experienced with the use of technology seems also to be a contributing factor. CTUSAB holds the view that the problem of inadequate staff may be as a consequence of the retrenchment of workers in the public service, following the implementation of the BERT Programme.

“Paradoxically, while the debate in the legislature seems concerned mainly about the ease of doing business with international entities, Barbadians are experiencing distress with doing business as evidenced by these long queues. The Congress voices its concern regarding the slow nature of service delivery, which potentially impacts on the national productivity,” De Peiza said, adding that the evidence of this was being seen in the hours lost, as persons are forced to spend many hours away from their jobs.

In December last year, the Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan said just over 1,000 civil servants have been severed so far during Government’s retrenchment programme. Some statutory organisations are still to pare down, he added.

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