Chief executives of some of the island’s top statutory corporations are being put on notice that should the fledgling Solutions Barbados win the next general election they will be forced to adopt its recommended management system of face the axe.
Leader of the two-year-old party Grenville Phillips II is touting ISO 9001, the latest quality management system standard of the Geneva, Switzerland-based International Organization for Standardization, as the management system of choice for all government agencies.
Phillips told the public launch of candidates at Independence Square on Saturday night that ISO 9001 “can solve most, if not all, of our nation’s management issues”.
Therefore, he said 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.
Otherwise, those who refuse to follow this directive will be sacked, he said.
“You are all on notice,” Phillips said 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 stressed.
Over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries are ISO 9001 certified, according to the organization, which explains that the standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management and continual improvement.
Phillips predicted that the heads of some of these statutory bodies might question his competence to make such a demand.
However, he was confident that he would emerge as Prime Minister after the election, due by the middle of next year, giving him the licence to demand change.
“I am well aware that there some fellows on these boards who will ask, ‘who is this Grenville Phillips? Why do we need to listen to him? Why can’t we keep managing these employees and resources as badly as we have?’ Please tell him for me that he will be the next prime minister after the upcoming general elections … I’m trying to help all of you,” the structural engineer and candidate for St George North said.
He added that his party would be fair to all involved by organizing a training session on Wednesday to explain ISO 9001 in detail, and invited them to “send some persons and come yourself… so you will be without excuse”