Chain of Command at Transport Board

Submitted by John Dillinger

Patrick Gollop, Transport Board Public Relations Consultant

After the all clear was given and the tropical storm watch discontinued at 5AM this morning, a call went out on the CBC radio stations for all Transport Board employees to report for work. This was understandable. However what I do not understand was why this call was being made by Patrick Gollop, Public Relations Consultant for the Transport Board. Why wasn’t this made by the General Manager, Sandra Forde or the Manager of marketing Lynda Holder or Operations Manager Desmond Sabir or the Human Resources Manager?

Why was this call being made by Patrick Gollop who apparently isn’t even on the staff of Transport Board?

This occurrence speaks to an unprecedented level of political interference at the Transport Board by a political appointee given the usurping of the function of calling staff back to work by senior management of the Transport Board. Were all the senior management team of Transport Board incapacitated at that time that they couldn’t make the call? Were they out of the country?

  • The question really should be what is the role the PR consultant at the Transport Board? Surely this is a case of receiving money under false pretenses. How many consultants are paid from the public purse and where are they assigned.

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  • @Resident

    Surely you neglected to mention that this is a practice by both parties when they get the office?

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  • PR Consultant to Transport Board, member of Christ Church South Constituency Council. Noticing a trend?

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  • Joseph King, Chairman of the Christ Church South Democratic Labour Party branch and head of the Barbados Transport Authority.

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  • OFF TOPIC: Can anyone tell me why we can see Trinidad Carnival every year but there never is a stream for Pic O De Crop events?Big time finals tonight and we can’t watch it.Gem of de caribbean,or clown of de class?

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  • @ David

    Come on now, everyone in Barbados knows that at 5am the senior management of the Transport Board would be sound asleep in readiness for a hard days work which commences for them at 10am.

    PG does not draw a cent from the Transport Board but prefers to be paid in Stoli vodka.

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  • Bus drivers don’t have phones?

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  • @Hants

    Who do you want to call them?

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  • Government (both parties) are responsible for the failures at the transport board, but especially this board/government I have never seen such level of interference till now. Even the chairman is deciding who should be promoted or transferred to other departments now. It is reall sad.

    David, the DLP Treasurer is the General Manager of the Transport board as you all know, but did you know that the daughter of Rosemary Alleyne from CBC (yes the top DLP lady) is now at the transport board as the IT manager, they eased her in with a master stroke. If you went Combermere – like the chairman you can get basically what you want – promotion even if your head of department or human resources manager objects the chairman gives the mandate and it happens.

    When you went CP like me you know you have to keep your distance. So its not about management asleep, cause most of the management are afraid for their jobs too. With all the laying off and selling of talk that the politicians heap in the public when it is them that have the place in the state that it is in. Right now most of the staff are under real stress, image which ever government gets in power and you may still loose your job. That after the transport board has been raped by the politicians and their “friends” that they filter the money through to get back to them. David its just “money washing” charge hugh amounts to the TB and pass some back to the board/politicians etc.So the management really don’t have much say, just figure heads.

    Driver

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  • @Driver

    Sadly here is another example of government being a continuum.

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  • Right now most of the staff are under real stress, image which ever government gets in power and you may still loose your job.

    What a sorry lot and Driver and you still working with the TB?

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  • Mary a Longterm Visitor

    One of the purposes of a PR Consultant is to issue public statements for an entity. Basically anytime an entity interacts with entities outside of itself, it is the purpose of the PR Consultant to make sure it goes well. This is commonplace in most developed countries. I do not understand the anger in this article

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  • Should a PR consultant be the one to callout workers?

    A PR person should be about managing information between TB and the public covering topics of interest to generate earned media.

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  • David | August 3, 2012 at 7:22 PM |

    @Hants

    Who do you want to call them?

    That should be part of the Transport Board Emergency management protocol.

    Barbados is a nation of bright, educated people .The Transport Board has a kazillion dollar budget and using an announcer to call a crew of drivers to work.

    I bet every driver has a land line and a cell phone.

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  • @Hants

    It is the long practice for the TB to broadcast on public radio to mobilize its staff. Why would they change it?

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  • David in 2012 it is illogical.

    Clearly there is no structured protocol in place.

    But wiser people than me have said “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” . and as long as CBC and VOB broadcasting Nuh problem.

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  • @Hants

    All live in hope.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Hants | August 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM |
    “Barbados is a nation of bright, educated people”

    I take total UMBRAGE to that remark.
    The facts on the ground do not support this statement.
    Barbados prospered when people with vision, commonsense and commitment to personal and national development were in charge of making policies and decisions. Today, educated asses with strictly get rich quick motives are running things.

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  • David the big problems I see in Barbados stem from laziness,apathy and indifference.

    We have endless intelligent well educated Bajans running these Government entities.

    As an aside, is the Transport board “management” part of the Emergency management “situation room” during a storm or hurricane threat?

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  • @millertheanunnak,

    Even if they are “asses” they are still bright and educated.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Driver | August 3, 2012 at 7:23 PM |
    The brakes of the Transport Board (TB) has failed and is heading for a fatal crash under current state ownership.

    Take the miller’s word for it! You listening “loud and clear”? The TB will be privatized next year under whichever party forms the next administration. The TB is the number one candidate for privatization on the IMF/ IADB list of state owned corporations and agencies up for the chop.
    Be prepared for the inevitable whether DLP or BLP. It’s time to get this albatross riddled with inefficiencies, political interference and corruption off the taxpayers’ back. It behooves you, Driver, to either look to form a cooperative with some the other workers and managers to buy out parts of the business or look elsewhere for a job even if it is with the new owners in 2013.

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  • WHY will the DLP lose the next election ???
    The DLP will lose next election because of crap like this at the Transport Board and othe “Government” agencies, Bare foolishness going on and for this reason
    The next election result will be
    You know it
    You have seen it before
    Yes -Let me he hear yuh
    Repeat with me

    BLP = 29 SEATS
    DLP = 0 SEATS
    INDEPENDENT = 1 SEAT

    because in 1999, it was
    BLP = 28 SEATS
    DLP = 2 SEATS
    INDEPENDENT = 0 SEATS

    DO you think that it cant happen again ???
    JUST ASKING

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  • David | August 3, 2012 at 5:47 PM |
    @Resident

    “Surely you neglected to mention that this is a practice by both parties when they get the office?”

    Surely you understand that the BLP was voted out of office because the DLP convinced the electorate that such unsavoury practices would be a thing of the past and they would bring transparency to governance in Barbados;: and by the way, i am not labelling you, just questioning your impartiality as the moderator of BU.

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  • Oh,my, sounds like business as usual in Barbados. Please elect a government that will do something positive and STOP giving their friends high posts in government with high sounding names that they are totally un-prepared for. The current and ongoing Alexandria school thing is just the tip of the iceberg of what I am talking about. Shame on you and shame on Barbados.

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  • “David, the DLP Treasurer is the General Manager of the Transport board as you all know, but did you know that the daughter of Rosemary Alleyne from CBC (yes the top DLP lady) is now at the transport board as the IT manager, they eased her in with a master stroke. If you went Combermere – like the chairman you can get basically what you want – promotion even if your head of department or human resources manager objects the chairman gives the mandate and it happens.”

    That is nothing new because the bankrupt system of governance we practice here encourages that ‘ division of the spoils’ system form of governance. That is why Mr Thompson could speak with impunity about the ‘fatted calf’ without so much of an outcry from the media including BU. So it’s no use crying over spilt milk ,Driver, what you support is what you get.

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  • oseph King, Chairman of the Christ Church South Democratic Labour Party branch and head of the Barbados Transport Authority.”

    But to quote you from an earlier post, Does that make it right?

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  • David its just “money washing” charge hugh amounts to the TB and pass some back to the board/politicians etc.So the management really don’t have much say, just figure heads.

    Driver
    serious charges ,Driver, be careful how you cast aspersions on peoples’ characters by speculative comment on a forum where you cannot be held accountable.

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  • A PR person should be about managing information between TB and the public covering topics of interest to generate earned media’
    well said, David.

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  • ” It behooves you, Driver, to either look to form a cooperative with some the other workers and managers to buy out parts of the business or look elsewhere for a job even if it is with the new owners in 2013.”
    Driver, i behove you to give serious consideration to Mr Miller’s advice.

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  • The DLP has disappointed Barbados so bad. They said they will never hire consultant but now all the DLP hacks are consultants. Patrick Gollop, Cranston Browne, Pandor (can’t remember his full name) etc. Now to hear that Rosemary’s daughter is IT Manager at Transport Board. Wow. Is this the daughter that was an office clerk at FirstCaribbean a couple months ago?

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    @ Hants | August 3, 2012 at 8:06 PM |
    “Even if they are “asses” they are still bright and educated.”

    So for you, Bajans are bright and educated, even if asses?
    So how come a ‘primer’ standard educated crass and common country boy nicknamed “Greenverbs” was able to trick these educated bright sparks into parting with millions of their savings in the form of the CLICO ponzi scheme. Even the current man in charge of the country and known for his use of big words admits he was suckered in by this lowly educated conman pal of his. And to punish your statement of Bajans being bright and educated with hollow laughter the same simpleton from St. John was able to have the brightest of prime ministers in his back pocket; and with sweet whispers in the ears of his intimate now dead friend “Sweet Cakes” while “gayly” sipping pink champagne in Martins Bay house was able to influence his legal adviser to concoct a plan to swindle millions of policy holders money to finance political campaigns and arrange a gratuity valued at millions of dollars for rear admiral services rendered.
    Now isn’t that “boxytheology”?

    We are seen by the Trinidadian business owners as not only “bright and educated” servants but also as docile “paro-like” consumers even if we sold our electricity plant to Canadians instead of waiting to sell at knockdown prices the family silver stored in the national bank safe to the likes Neal & Massey or AnsaMcAl.

    Blogger “balance” gave a story that epitomizes the true “bright and educated” ass of a Bajan and with balance’s ‘after-the-fact’ permission is repeated here:
    balance | August 1, 2012 at 5:42 AM |
    “let me share this one with you Mr Miller. was in a basement in toronto on the invitation of some bajan friends and as customary they were engaging in their favourite past time sport of dominoes when a big belly black fat man summoned one of them from the domino table. he asked to be excused, left and quickly returned allowing all to know that ‘the fuc—idiot can’t dance too good and he is got to write he receipts.’ i subsequently learned that the ‘fuc— idiot’ was a jamaican and he owned the building and the receipt writer was renting from him. so much for our illiteracy.”

    Very interesting story about Bajan brightness and education. BTW, Hants, are you that Bajan fella in the story? Just Asking?

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  • was not allowed to get in the gymnasium to watch the show because they claim it was too full. I hate this F*cking government. If they knew that it was that oversubscribed why not put a large screen outside? Why make me waste my gas and time?

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  • When will i get my refund for my Finals ticket?

    By the way, The Transport Board made an announcement about 8 p.m that the last bus will be leaving at 10p.m. Many people were in supermarkets including patrons and employees. There needs to be a serious protocol that includes all business and government agencies when a flood or storm is coming. Some supermarkets continued to open until 1 minute past 10.

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  • @ Hants | August 3, 2012 at 8:06 PM |
    “Even if they are “asses” they are still bright and educated.”

    Hants please do not show us how high you can climb the coconut tree.

    “Very interesting story about Bajan brightness and education. BTW, Hants, are you that Bajan fella in the story? Just Asking?”

    Miller RFLMAO, you are so correct but I don’t see how things will change. It is evident that the educated can’t apply what they have learnt and become innovative. We are the laughing stock of the Caribbean! People don’t really envy us as we are lead to believe.

    Waaait is Scout on Vacation? Or is he in self imposed exile? At least it is lasting longer than Onions’ last exile. Scoutie yuh good?

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  • “Now to hear that Rosemary’s daughter is IT Manager at Transport Board. Wow. Is this the daughter that was an office clerk at FirstCaribbean a couple months ago?”

    Miss Alleyne has been a loyal standard bearer and DLP warrior in bad times . Don’t you think it is fair that she feast on the calf fatted or otherwise as well?

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  • YOU DO NOT NEED MY PERMISSION TO CHERRY PICK FROM ME. MR MILLER PERMISSION GRANTED POST HASTE

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  • Can we all agree that the TB is made up of people who know nothing about running a Public Transit system. It has been run in an ad hoc manner for all the years it has been in existence. The animals they employ remain the same and they continue recruiting them. Has anyone met a polite and mannerly bus driver? Has anyone met someone who can give accurate information about the schedules? Many who work there are just there because they have to be there. Who monitors their productivity? What a sorry mess that the public has to deal with. Can’t any government do anything right? Crab mashing is how things are done and we gotta like it soh!

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  • “When will i get my refund for my Finals ticket?”

    The 12th of Never!

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  • “Very interesting story about Bajan brightness and education. BTW, Hants, are you that Bajan fella in the story? Just Asking?”

    Mr Miller another myth we perpetrate round here is the labelling of our so called local businessmen as entrepreneurs when in truth and fact they are really glorified speculators with the wherewithal to buy and sell back on a large scale on an available. They are so myopic that they do not demonstrate the vision to market beyond their shores at international level; and we sit and whine about Trikidadians buying up our family silver while our money lay in the bank attracting minimum interest unless a ponzi flexible annuity scheme emerges to whet our appetites. It amazes me Mr Miller to see advertisements of angostura itters and low grade rums like Jamaican Appelton and Trinidad’s Old Oak plastered all over the subways in London and no Barbadian product.Wherever you go in Britain and in the USA too,, you are sure to find a proliferation of businesses owned and run by the so called ‘illiterate’ Jamaicans. so much for our literacy and vision.

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  • @islandgal

    You struck the nail on the head. The TB is symptomatic of the feeding at the trough mentality how we have managed our business over several years. It is a myth that it will change by switching out political parties. A system built on mendicancy and largess which has been cruelly exposed by the current protracted global economic meltdown.

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  • @2dbone

    When will i get my refund for my Finals ticket?

    Can you appreciate that there was an act of God and whatever backup plan was put in motion it would have been far from perfect?

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  • @ David
    Joseph King, Chairman of the Christ Church South Democratic Labour Party branch and head of the Barbados Transport Authority…………………………

    And Principal of St Leonard’s.

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  • @Prodigal Son

    Do you think Joseph King would be pro-Broomes?…lol

    The crap going in in Barbados. If the BLP were to be returned to government what should we expect?

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  • millertheanunnaki in an effort to be insulting and denigrating wrote

    “Very interesting story about Bajan brightness and education. BTW, Hants, are you that Bajan fella in the story? Just Asking?”

    No. dah in me……. I en even got enough sense an edication to write a re seet.
    so doan mine me. i is jus a igrunt red bajan scruntin in kanada eh!

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  • But in my igruntness I have to wonder how come wunna insinuating that Bajans dull an uneducated?

    Wunna mussee talkin bout wunna self too.

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  • millertheanunnaki | August 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM |
    @ Hants | August 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM |
    “Barbados is a nation of bright, educated people”

    I take total UMBRAGE to that remark.
    The facts on the ground do not support this statement.
    Barbados prospered when people with vision, commonsense and commitment to personal and national development were in charge of making policies and decisions. Today, educated asses with strictly get rich quick motives are running things.
    …………………………………………………………….
    Well said bro. Bright and educated today means , bragging about the old school you went to and the prettily framed Degree on the office wall. As far as ideas and development are concerned, that is the job for the many short sleeved and tie consultants from over and away, that we see daily at many a business on the island.

    What really is the big fuss over the manner of which the Transport Board’s employees were recalled? Any radio announcer could have done so , as long as the information , sent on to the radio station was verified as having come from a reliable source at the BTB.

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  • balance | August 4, 2012 at 5:34 AM |
    ” It behooves you, Driver, to either look to form a cooperative with some the other workers and managers to buy out parts of the business or look elsewhere for a job even if it is with the new owners in 2013.”
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    BTB may follow in the footsteps of BNB . Perhaps the new owners are likely to be the Public Transport Service Corporation .(PTSC)

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  • …islandgal246 | August 4, 2012 at 7:52 AM |
    It has been run in an ad hoc manner for all the years it has been in existence.
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    That is far from the truth, sis. In the early stages of the Transport Board, circa 1955 to 1970 it was managed efficiently by people , to quote Millertheannunnaki ” with vision, commonsense and commitment to personal and national development . ”
    Back in those days stalwarts like Captain Hill , no political yard fowl, managed the Transport Board so well, that it showed a profit , the only time in its entire history. Professionals like Colonel Leonard Banfield were appointed to the Board. These were people who made a meaningful contribution. Mobile Traffic Superintendants were utilised to monitor the volume / build up of commuters on the various routes, if necessary interim buses were dispatch to deal with any build up of commuters . There were 15 minutes bus services to many sub-urban areas,and industrial parks.
    Fortunately ,or unfortunately, I went to work for the London Transport and was able judge the operation of the Transport Board against that well know bus company, and it was my opinion then that the Barbados Transport Board was doing a pretty damn good job.

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  • Management of Public Transport in Barbados fell down with the flirtatious attempt by the Tom Adams administration to nationalise the service by running the well run private companies like Rocklyn, Progressive and Federal to name a few out of the business. Whether deliberately or out of sheer ignorance they only succeeded in opening up a cutthroat market to the benefit of some unscrupulous persons who did not have the interest of public transport at heart but who had access to the financial wherewithal to fill the void left by those who had laboured against all odds to keep reliable transport in Barbados going over the years.

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  • balance | August 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM |
    Management of Public Transport in Barbados fell down with the flirtatious attempt by the Tom Adams administration to nationalise the service by running the well run private companies like Rocklyn, Progressive and Federal.
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    The Progressive ,and I believe , the Federal were taken over long before Tom Adams came to power . If my memory serves me right the Progressive,was first taken over on the formation of the Transport Board in 1955, but at the insistence of the former owner /concessionaire ,Mr Birch, his “birds” and route was handed back to him . They were finally taken over around 1964/65. Sometime in the mid 60’s there was an amalgamation of the other bus companies, which came under the umbrella of Rocklyn ,which took over Federal ,and Elite which encompassed all the other bus companies operating on the eastern side of the island.
    When the Transport Board eventually completed the nationalisation of the public transport system in the late 1970’s ,taking over the Rocklyn and the Elite, they should have retained the services of Mrs Rock and Mr Coward as area managers operating out of Haggatts and Mangrove Depots respectively.
    But what baffled me is , why did successive governments had seen it fit to take the public transport out of the hands of established, well disciplined and knowledgeable private concessionaires, just to shortly afterwards ,hand back most of the lucrative routes,like the Pine and Silver Sands to cowboys?

    balance | August 4, 2012 at 5:21 AM |
    If you went Combermere – like the chairman you can get ……………….
    ***********
    Chickens coming home to roost. The location at Weymouth where the Transport Board now stands was the former home of Combermere.

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  • But what baffled me is , why did successive governments had seen it fit to take the public transport out of the hands of established, well disciplined and knowledgeable private concessionaires, just to shortly afterwards ,hand back most of the lucrative routes,like the Pine and Silver Sands to cowboys”

    corrections acknowledged but in a nutshell you have captured my thoughts.

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  • The lost one....

    What is the role of the Minister with responsibility for the Transport Board ? Does he ever give guidance to the organisation ? What is his role ? Is he a figure head ?

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  • “What is the role of the Minister with responsibility for the Transport Board ? Does he ever give guidance to the organisation ? What is his role ? Is he a figure head ?”
    His role is to formulate policy decisions with the concurrence of fellow Cabinet members and if approved then ensure that the policy initiative is executed effectively and efficiently to the benefit of party and country.

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  • I remember a former General Manager of Transport Board, when he was in a previous role, observed employees being dismissed for serious infractions of the Boards rules.,ie serious vehicle accidents ,and fingers on the bag. When he took up the post of GM, the then Minister of Transport, sent back some of these same previously fired persons, who most likely were from his constituency,for re-employment with the Board. Naturally the GM refused to rehire them,which did not sit well with the Minister,who summoned the GM to his office and told him in no uncertain term that when he send people to the Transport Board, it was for the GM to hire them and not to interview them.
    This has always been the outstanding role of the Minister of Transport in relation to the Transport Board — dumping dead wood on that institution. At times a whole family may find employment there.

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  • The Minister speaks out in today’s Nation. After taking a swipe at UCAL and grovelling/apologising to Sir Leroy, he went on to state that plans are afoot to expand the operation of the Quality Assurance Department of the Transport Board ….”to do more on -the-floor repairs, like putting together tyres, bus lifting (whatever that means) and replacing lights in a more effective way.” (This coming from a qualified Engineer)
    First of all the above tasks are not those of a Quality Assurance Department, which in itself should comprise just a few persons whose jobs as Vehicle Inspectors , is to monitor the work of the contractors who carry out maintenance work for the Transport Board. If the Minister wants to put UCAL on notice that he intends to re-establish a a Transport Board Workshop ,or a Light Aid Detachment, he should say so outright.

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  • Since the admin of this website is working, no uncertainty very rapidly it will be well-known, due to its feature contents.

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