BREAKING NEWS: PSC takes disciplinary action against lead fireman

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BREAKING NEWS: PSC takes disciplinary action against lead fireman
Shane Felix
Shane Felix


STATEMENT –
The Public Service Commission wishes to inform that by letter dated August 21, 2014 disciplinary proceedings were instituted against Mr. Shane Felix, leading fireman of the St. Lucia Fire Service.

Mr. Felix was personally served with the letter on September 2, 2014 at the Office of the Public Service Commission. Mr. Felix was called and asked to collect the said letter from the office of the commission. This is the procedure adopted by the Commission where disciplinary proceedings have been instituted against public officers and where these officers have to be personally served.

The decision to institute disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Felix was not precipitated by any action currently being taken by the Saint Lucia Fire Service Association. This is clearly evidenced by the Commission’s letter dated August 21, 2014 for an allegation which occurred on or about December 11, 2013.

The Commission further informs that before any disciplinary action is taken against any officer a process must be followed to ascertain the alleged culpability, if any, of that officer and the veracity of the allegation which was made against the officer. The allegation which has been made must be proven by proper and admissible evidence and Mr. Felix will be given an opportunity to be heard before any decision is arrived at by the Commission. The Commission is an impartial constitutional body, independent of the executive.

Lastly, contrary to news reports the Public Service Commission did not have a meeting with the management of the Fire Service on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

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  1. The Constitution of St. Lucia protects you as well...your right is enshrined within itd pages, stand firm.God is on the side of right.

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  2. How is the Commission is independent of the Executive when it is the Executive which appoints it? You should be saying that the Commission should make decisions independent of the Executive. But the whole of St. Lucia knows how independent those decisions can be.

    We witnessed earlier this week the utterances by a former PRO of the SLP now teacher. What does the law which should be policed by the Commission say about such utterances using the public forum (namely a school)? What has Shane Felix done?

    Is the Commission really independent? Who determines who should be disciplined and for what reason? Has the press asked those questions on behalf of the citizens.

    I tell you a revolution is coming!!!

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  3. TUF, its about time you legalize your Organization, and CSA and all the other unions that are divided, its time to unite. We need ONE UNION. Those fragmented Organizations are ineffective and are not strong enough to face the powers that be individually. Its time that the Unions unite under one legal TUF Body. We like to wait until issues fester before we can take action; this is a recipe for disaster.

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    • There does not have to be one union for there to be strength. There is no country in the world where only one union exists. Ever heard of a sympathy strike? That's where one union would support the actions of another even though they are unrelated. Please do your homework about union actions before you attempt to talk from a position of authority.

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  4. Classic bullying. I'm sure if he wasn't leading the charge in the protest action they wouldn't "remembered this violation he committed" almost a year ago.

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  5. According to the law, if A says to the rest of the alphabet, "lets commit a crime," they ( the rest of the letters ) are also charged with conspiracy to commit a crime. Why blame A only? Oh nooo, use him as a scapegoat. What clear hipocracy. Smfh.

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  6. The PSC need to stop the hypocrisy.
    They are so quick to inform Shane Felix of an alleged disciplinary matters against him, but the CFO with all the ton of facts against him, he is untouched..
    Somebody plz to tell..Does Fontinelle has the biggest testicular fortitude in St. Lucia?
    Lucian and other organisations open your eyes..it could be your department tomorrow

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  7. I dont care how right you are about something you don't disrespect a superior no matter how much you do or dont respect them.

    shane complaining about the chief but he is just as worst. Maybe different wrongs but still wrong he acts like because he may have a genuine case he can act as he please and its not true.

    brother you started for a right cause but somewhere your morals just as the Chief got lost along the way

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  8. The Public Service Commission is always in a hurry to discipline persons of the lower ranks, however the CFO has a mountain of complaints against him and nothing is being done! Stop the hypocrisy and apply the rules to every public servant including managers. Public Servants rise up!

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    • fire him for what? If there are disciplinary actions to be filed so be it, but FOR ALL. Not for one, the Chief fire officer committed foudray, Downes had misconduct, at St. Judes Fire and against other officers, ( and The deputy stealing people pens :)) but because a man stand up in a meeting and says "Mr Downs you are making false claims and stop blaming the association" he was rude.

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  9. A man who stood at the fore front demanding that respect and discipline be maintained is taken to task, a man who demands the implementation of the recommendation of a commission of inquiry is being victimized. It goes to show that even those at the highest level can breach rules and get the support of other twisted minded people in authority, yet we are suppoed to trust the law and await due process, so that's the due process they spoke of to victimize shane, what is this country coming to. I wasn't aware that the PSC had jurisdiction to discipline a subordinate officer, is shane a Gazetted Officer? Well they were wrong when they transferred commissioner AR, are they gonna make another blunder, well if that's the case we are gonna hear of another lawsuit against the Govt.

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  10. So PSC can act and discipline Shane but the senior officers of the fire service who were at the center of the investigation go unpunished. I am not a Fire Officer but I am so disgusted...Fire men stand up for each other and send a strong message to the PSC...

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  11. A 'women' should be respected as an Individual. The fate of women in many job places remains under the cloud of ignorance and dependency upon male members. It doesn't matter if it's to make people laugh. It doesn't matter is she's dressed provocatively. At NO POINT is it okay to grope or molest women. I am in strong support of Shane Felix and the inner strength he's shown in his fight for his women work colleagues and women in general. Trying to protect their basic rights to be respected in the work place and to be judged on their work ethics and ability to perform their duties shows immaculate courage and resolve. It is unthinkable that in the year 2014 that a man would be punished for merely standing up for the basic rights for women to be treated fairly and judged on the merits of their work rather than their physical appearance in the work place. It is also alarming that an issue of women being sexually harassed has become a secondary issue and have been lost in the translation as to the true issue at hand; this is not about Shane Felix, rather it is about women refusing sexual advances from their co-workers. Power to Shane and his fellow co-workers who share his passion.

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  12. Was Mr. Felix made aware, in December 2013, that allegation was made against him, to the PSC? I believe the date of the letter ( 21st August 2014) is fictitious. It took almost 2 to serve a letter to someone? The PSC? I the decision of the PSC is merely scare tactics and hope that the other unions support the deputy leader of the FSA, in order to stay strong and focus.

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  13. Why didn't the senior officers who were under investigation during the inquiry get summoned by the PSC? Why must it seem that the issue is with Mr Felix and not the message he brought across? This is not a Shane Felix issue. It's a Fire service management issue. They are wrong. They refuse to do whats right. The men have risen up in a spirit of revolt against such blatant disrespect and disregard. The issues are plain as day there is no gray area. The senior officers want their dirty laundry hidden. But how can it be hidden before the stink rises to the surface?

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  14. So apparently these governmental organizations do know how to move with alacrity (their favorite word)especially to punish, it's just a matter of who is involved?

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  15. What was the porpose for the inquiry into the runnings of the Fire Service? Monies was invested... Competent persons were hired/contracted to investigate. .. An inquiry went to it's fruition. .. Certain persons were found wanting... Suggestions were made as far as a way forward is concerned.....

    And after all this; what has happened?

    Someone??? Anyone????? Pray tell......

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  16. Wait he go disciplined for something he purportedly did in December 2013. Wooowww!The persons who enjoy corruption in government are now trembling they don't want the truth exposed. However enough is enough! We jus getting ready to kick butt all of government and party lines. We want all these dirty crooks will be exposed for the monsters they are. So shape up or ship out!

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  17. Why hasn't the PSC issue a letter to the management of the Fire Service, since the commission of inquiry proved their wrong doings........

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  18. Here we go...can anything ever be void of "politics"? Quid pro quo. Each side throwing jabs. I pray that we all elevate as a people in the spirit of togetherness and development.

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