Mary Isaac responds to PM’s criticism of public service

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Mary Isaac responds to PM’s criticism of public service
Senator Mary Isaac
Senator Mary Isaac
Senator Mary Isaac

Veteran trade unionist Mary Isaac has responded to criticisms made by Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony who has publicly criticized the leadership within the public service.

Isaac argues that unless politics is removed from the public service, only then will it become more efficient and productive, noting that this is widespread throughout the system.

The former President of the Civil Service Association (CSA) – one of the country’s largest trade union – told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Tuesday (Feb.16) that the government also needs to allow the Public Service Commission (PSC) to function without political interference.

“Stop taking away work from public servants, and giving it to consultants, family, and friends. These are just some of the things that will allow the public service to function properly,” Isaac asserted.

Asked whether she thinks there is a need for the public service to be restructured, the Opposition Senator said before this could happen, more effort should be placed on ensuring that the current system is functioning properly, and in the case where it is not, then calls could be made for its restructuring.

“But you cannot call for restructuring as a result of you not implementing what is already there. The necessary studies would have to be done. I believe some of them have been done. And if you are looking at restructuring too, the studies cannot be done by friends of the government, because people will not take the recommendations seriously,” she explained.

Former Public Service Minister Lenard Montoute had also argued that when Dr. Anthony took office, he took with him individuals from his political platform and operatives of his party and gave them high positions in the public service above other public servants. Montoute said this has since demoralized the public service.

Dr. Anthony had said that the leadership crisis in the public service exists despite its members are “decorated” with various university degrees.

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  1. The level of salt in the comment section. Sourness and jealousy.
    Listen, when a saint lucian takes that leap to further their education and return to thier home to add to the nation's pool of skilled labour I am proud of each one. Let us not belittle them or discourage them.

    On topic. Quite frankly every government in power exercises its right to have its supporters in positions of political importance. It has been happening since biblical times. Its nothing new and it wont stop. To pretend its just the SLP is hypocritical and probably why you dont have a degree in the first place(cheap shot I know).
    What may alleviate the situation is setting up a public service council made up of various polital interests witg relatively equal voting power. Any appointment in the service above a certain grade will have to be voted on. This is being practiced by some of our caribbean neighbors. And is a potential short term solution.

    Any more ideas anyone? More solutions less roro.

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  2. One place to start is the restructuring of the salary scales in the Public Service. Start with the Ministry of Education. When one is doing a job similar to their colleague and performing it better yet there is a vast difference in the salaries, people get frustrated and will not be as productive as they need to be. Making the salary structure fair is a good place to start, secondly hire people who can actually get the job done. Finally, both parties hire family and friends in key positions, that's just politics in St. Lucia.

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  3. VERY FUNNY.THAT THE PM SHOULD STATE THAT IN SPITE OF UNIVERSITY DEGREES THETE IS POOR LEADERSHIP IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE. HE SHOULD START WITH HIMSELF. WORKERS WILL HARDLY RISE ABOVE THEIR LEADERS AND AS THE HEAD OF GOVERNMENT THE PM HAS DISPLAYED POOR LEADERSHIP SKILLS. HE IS NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO ANYONE, FORGETTING THAT WE THE PEOPLE GAVE HIM HIS JOB. WHEN IN OPPOSITION HE RALLIED PUBLIC SERVANTS AGAINST THE THEN GOVERNMENTAND NOW AS PM HE WAS MOSTLY UNWILLING TO EVEN NEGOTIATE WITH GOOD FAITH. TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY HE REFUSED TO FIRE A BILLIONAIRE WHO NEVER ATTENDED OR EVEN AT LEAST APPOINTED SOMEONE TO REPRESENT HIM AT A SINGLE MEETING . WELL EVEN WORST THIS MAN HAS NO HISTORY OR EXPERIENCE IN HIS APPOINTED JOB. IF YOU ASK ME KENNY CREATED A MONSTER AND HE MUST NOW DEAL WITH IT FOR THE REST OF HIS BRIEF STAY AS PM.

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  4. This lady needs a chill pill. both parties engage in this issue where people are hired because of their affiliation to who's in power. You were part and parcel of the same system. You made your exit and now you are trying to be an expert on every issue....engaging in areas where you could have spoken and possibly made a difference . It's all political with you now, since you need to make yourself look good for the upcoming elections. People lets be real.... This has been happening from the time Compton was in control.

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  5. Mary Isaac is right on in saying that they should stop taking from the public service and giving it to friends, family and consultants. the SLP use it as jobs for friends and family. SLP party people have family members in key positions in the public service. an outright disgrace.

    how did H get a position and made the mess that he did. even if the position is not paid by government he still was supposed to represent the government in his role. ask the others why they have selected to have their friends in key positions in the public service rather than public servants.

    And Kenny Anthony dare criticise public servants when they use the public service for their own ends!

    the public service commission cannot function under the SLP. They have people in the public service doing SLP members bidding with no regard for the rules of the public service. there is so much marjee going on it is not funny. we cannot wait for elections.

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  6. I expected the unions to criticize Dr Anthony on this one but they are silent and it had to take Mary once again to defend the Public Service. Everyone seems to have taken moo moo tablets but just wait and see more appointments are being made until election, more contracts issued and no work done. What became of the Vision Council and Productivity Councils ?, we thought they would help the leadership. Anyway its a sad state of affairs because the poor leadership that is being referred to is non other than his hacks and croonies bought in.

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    • Could it mean what the Princess Of Darkness claim to see is not there hence the reason for the silence of unions on this subject?

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  7. Miss. Isaac is quite right when she accuses the PM of his deep interference in the public service. In the 80's there existed a socialist communist group going under the acronym OREL ( organization for revolutionary education and liberation ). At that time it was alleged that KDA was the leader of that group. It was also alleged that OREL played an influential and participatory role in the Grenada revolution.
    I have observed that since KDA had become the PM, quite a number of members of that group have lined the corridors of governance of St.iucia.
    I would like KDA to answer this question. " Was he ever the leader of OREL and if not was he ever a member?

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    • Ah finally!!!! There is much more to this!! One of the latest prospects was also a Soviet sympathiser. He attended training in Moscow in the 80's prior to the collapse of the USSR and has an inherent and secretive dislike of Western Capitalist Democracies. If St. Lucians are uneasy about our present diplomatic leanings then brace yourself for where this gentleman may bring us.

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  8. All of them are decorated with various university degrees and there is still an absence of innovative , radical and revolutionary thinking in this island. From the PM and right down.

    Having a degree does not equate to being a leader. When will people realize that?
    Some of them only book smart and not street smart. Some could only ace in the classroom but lack the know how for the real world.
    Some are just poor fits and lack the motivation to give their all.
    And some just know they must get paid so why put in effort.

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