The Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB) has welcomed Government’s decision to establish a Protective Services Commission, which will oversee issues relating to police officers, fire officers and prison officers.
In a release, the association said it had first proposed the establishment of an umbrella body of that nature in 2012. At that time, “It was agreed that this should be pursued on the grounds that the three constituent member units, namely the Barbados Police Association, the Barbados Fire Service Association and the Barbados Prison Officers Association all came under the same ministry and had similar pay scales and conditions of service.”
CTUSAB further stated that its position was supported by Section 3.26 of Protocol VI, “Which addressed the continued reform of the public service into a modern, efficient and independent organisation.”
However, while it is pleased to see the Government is planning to set up the Protective Services Commission, the body, which represents several trade unions and staff associations on the island is urging Government to finalise arrangements for a Teaching Service Commission, a process which began under the former Freundel Stuart-led administration. The release said, “The then Cabinet decided that the proclamation date for Section 89A of the Barbados Constitution (Amendment) Act, which gave effect to the establishment and operation of the Teaching Service Commission, would have been October 16, 2017.”
Beyond that, CTUSAB also wishes to see the Proclamation of the Police Amendment Act 2001-3 placed before Cabinet “as a matter of priority”, so that it can obtain the required approval for the assent of the Governor General.