Government’s decision to cut steno typists and clerical officers across the board is beginning to have a telling impact on the functionality of some public sector entities, Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) Wayne Walrond has revealed.
Following a meeting this morning with affected members at the NUPW’s Dalkeith Road headquarters, Walrond called on the Government to address the matter with a greater degree of urgency.
He explained that areas such as the Customs and Excise Department that depend heavily on data entry, are seeing reductions in productivity as a result of the reduced man power.
“Already Customs have been affected because we are receiving complaints that there has been some back up in Customs because of the downsizing of staff. This is something that has to be rectified. In the Land Registry Department where people’s documents can affect real estate deals, the processing of these documents have been slowed down and this is something that has to addressed,” said Walrond.
The trade unionist said Government’s one size fits all approach to staff cuts across the sector was clearly not going to work and therefore the strategy needed to be revisited.
He said “Government is looking at retrenching steno typists across the board, but I think that has to be seriously revisited and instead consider persons who are pensionable and have significant years of service. We need to look at where the needs are so that we can work out all of the niggling issues that have now emerged in this process.”
Walrond revealed despite the promise by Prime Minister Mia Mottley that the recently retrenched public workers would receive their severance cheques at the same time they received their dismissal letters, the NUPW is still getting complaints to the contrary.
“This is a concern that we have to now urgently raise with the Ministry of the Civil Service. This is a situation that has to be addressed urgently because workers need to have what is due to them at a time like this,” said Waldron.