Temporary public officers are being summoned to an emergency general meeting on Thursday by their trade union.
Following the outcome of a meeting today with the Acting Head of the Civil Service, Martin Cox, General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers has invited all workers to their Dalkeith Road, St. Michael headquarters to “update” them on the outcome of that meeting.
That meeting takes place at 4:30 p.m.
In a statement issued this afternoon, the largest public sector trade union stated it “has been receiving numerous calls from temporary officers who have expressed concerns after the 2013 Budgetary Proposals.
“Their concerns relate to the issue of the likely layoffs in the Public Service and Statutory Corporations. Today, August 27, 2013 the NUPW met with the Head of the Civil Service regarding the situation,” it stated.
This situation has hundreds of workers concerned after employees from departments and agencies have been put on the breadline.
Last Friday Prime Minister Freundel Stuart promised to probe reports of thousands of layoffs in the public sector. “I do not know that the public service is in chaos. I met with all of the heads of department — permanent secretaries and persons of related grades who are attached to the Prime Minister’s Office and that number is not small,” the Prime Minister noted.
“I met with them on Wednesday and we had a comprehensive look at the public service. I am minister with responsibility for the Public Service and therefore all the permanent secretaries and heads of department related to the public service have to answer to me, as it were. We had that meeting … and it was not my understanding that the public service was in any chaos.
“What I did understand was, because of the way Smart Stream functions, at a certain time, people are just cut off of the system, and have to be put back on because the computer does not ask any questions.” (NC)