There is good news for hundreds of unappointed public servants in time for Christmas.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today announced in Parliament that 555 temporary officers who have been acting in posts were about to be made permanent, saying, “That is no small achievement”.
Speaking ahead of the passage of the Public Service (General) Order 2016, which replaces the Public Service Order of 2008, Stuart also pointed to similar appointments in the teaching service.
“The passing of this order will now facilitate the making of a number of appointments in the public service,” the Prime Minister said.
He also explained that it would also accelerate the recruitment process under the Qualifications Order, which specifies the skill sets needed by Government.
“So we are trying to modernize our public service, making it more responsive to the needs of the society, make sure that the gap between aspiration and the realization of those aspirations by those public officers is narrowed and of course the road made more certain. The ultimate beneficiary of all of this will be the society as a whole,” Stuart added.
However, Opposition Member of Parliament for St George South Dwight Sutherland immediately criticized the move, saying it was a clear sign that elections were around the corner.
He also accused the ruling Democratic Labour Party of seeking to “make right” what it had “made wrong with public servants, but warned that it had come a little too late.
“The public servants who would have endured those harsh measures that the Democratic Labour Party would have introduced over the past five years, this is basically something to say to them, ‘we recognize you are here and we want to do something’. But I don’t think this is enough for the pain that the civil servants would have endured, especially over the past five years,” said Sutherland, whose suggestions were immediately dismissed by the Prime Minister.