The Caswell Franklyn Column – Ministers Speak from Positions of Ignorance

Caswell Franklyn, General Secretary of Unity Workers Union

Some time ago, I wrote that I did not want this column to become the Dear Christine of Industrial Relations. But I have been inundated by queries about the Public Service (Qualifications) Order, 2016 and since the just concluded Estimates Debate, many public workers and journalists have been seeking clarifications and comments on matters that were raised by members of parliament.

The Minister of Finance threw out the suggestion that public officers should be asked to contribute to their pensions. That statement would suggest that the Minister is unfamiliar with the policy considerations behind public officers receiving what appears to be non-contributory pensions .

Older public service administrators would tell you that their pensions are effectively the payment of deferred earnings. The rationale, behind the granting of their pensions, is that public officers receive a salary that is smaller than they deserve because a portion is deferred to pay pensions. Some may say that this explanation is far-fetched but I can assure you that the rules of the Public Service, particularly the General Orders support such a proposition.

Public Officers who work on contract are not entitled to pensions but receive emoluments that are 20% higher than their counterparts who hold pensionable posts. To strengthen that point, a public officer who is seconded (loaned out) to an approved employer is not entitled to receive his public service salary but the new employer can pay 25% of the officer’s salary into the Treasury, so that he would not lose any pensionable service. General Orders 2.16 (g) and (h) and 2.22.2 are relevant.

General Order 2.16 states, in part:

A gratuity is payable to an officer or employee on contract provided that such a payment cannot apply to any period of service which is counted as pensionable service. The following conditions apply to the payment of gratuity to an officer or employee on contract:

(g) if an officer who is serving on contract becomes a member of the permanent and pensionable service from a date immediately following the completion of his contract, he shall not be eligible for the payment of a gratuity

(h) any contribution made by the Government to a superannuation scheme on behalf of an officer on contract shall be deducted from any gratuity payable to that officer on completion of his contract.

Further General Order 2.22.2 states:

A person who is seconded to service with an approved employer shall, during the period of his secondment, cease to receive the emoluments attached to his office but shall nevertheless, if the approved employer agrees to pay to the Crown a contribution in respect of his pension during the period of his secondment at the prescribed rate, be deemed to continue to hold such office for the purposes of the relevant pensions legislation.

That should be enough evidence to substantiate that public servant’s emoluments are structured in such a way that pensionable officers receive receive 20% less pay in order to receive a pension. It would seem that the Minister, who pays 5% of his salary toward his pension, is suggesting that public officers should give up more than 20% for a similar benefit.

Another Minister speaking from a similarly uninformed position poured scorn on public employees who have medical conditions that would prevent them from doing strenuous physical work.

When the National Insurance scheme was introduced, there was a system where some public workers would receive full pay up to 12 months sick leave. Government therefore opted to leave that system in place and did not pay or require its employees to pay the portion of the NIS contribution that would allow those workers to receive sickness benefits.

If a doctor determines that a public worker is unfit to do his job but is still capable of doing less strenuous work, there are three options: Place the worker on sick leave so that he continues to receive full salary; ask the employer to provide less strenuous work, in which case Government still receives some level of work for the money it pays out; or declare him to be unfit for work so that the worker may qualify for an early public service pension and a NIS disablement or invalidity benefit.

Space does not permit me to deal with the Public Service (Qualifications) Order, 2016 except to say that persons who are immediately disadvantaged by the order should seek legal advice since their legitimate expectation to promotion could have been unlawfully extinguished by the new order.

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55 Comments on “The Caswell Franklyn Column – Ministers Speak from Positions of Ignorance”

  1. Well Well & Consequences Observing BloggerI March 26, 2017 at 4:30 AM #

    Fruendel and all the ministers should return their salaries and pensions to the taxpaters, they never earned them, they are all too inept and untrustworthy.

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  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 26, 2017 at 4:45 AM #

    The politicians of Barbados have set up structures that are intended to support their type of benevolence. So stating that they are exercise ignorance, Cawell sweetie, is an understatement.

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  3. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI March 26, 2017 at 5:54 AM #

    @ Mr Caswell Franklyn

    As usual I came to read what you submit on Sundays that gives me an understanding? of varios things about laws, labour, workers rights and many practices and policies oft times misapplied by these several buffoons.

    And suddenly as i was reading the very last paragraph it occured to be most vividly that when you said “…Space does not permit me to deal with…” that so much of what you know to be procedurally correct, so much of what is pertinent is (a) bound (here) by finite word count (b) which needful readers venture here (c) the fact that you must first type your thoughts and (d) the fact Mr. Franklyn that “we ent got tomorrow put down”

    You more than most people who comment here should do two things

    (a).Commit your knowledge to “Living Books” – e-media packages on the diverse topices that you interact with.

    (b) Make that content accessible as a paid-as-a-service gateway

    A “Living Book” (on Industrial Relations) would comprise a hybrid electronic book which gives you (a) the written word (b) voice/mp3 (c)video and (d) animations.

    You would set up your offer as “modules” where persons seeking information on a particular topic would pay a fee and access your directives of various topics

    The problem Mr. Franklyn is that we rarely realise the wealth of knowledge that is in Westbury Cemetery which, in 2017, SHOULD NOT GO unceremoniously to the other side as well the holder of that wisdom must.

    Thank you for your usual words of wisdom

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  4. Violet Beckles CUP Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI March 26, 2017 at 7:30 AM #

    Crooks , Liars and Scumbags as always, Who can care that dont care? They all need to go, No more evidence needed to prove any points,If any of them get re-elected the People deserved everything they dont get.

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  5. angela Skeete March 26, 2017 at 7:45 AM #

    these are the type of “things ” that get my goat a person is fully educated at the taxpayers expense after all the years spent on the individual school the individual uses loud bombas exploits laws which runs harshly against the economic wherewithal of the taxpayers demanding that the taxpayers money must be always ready and able to give support to them from cradle to grave
    such a frightening scenario and one caught up in the whirlwind of generational depotism

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  6. Tony Trotman March 26, 2017 at 8:26 AM #

    Public Service (Qualifications) Order 2016: The person specification must specify the qualities and characteristics required to perform the job satisfactorily.

    Have the job duties changed so it is really necessary to have postgraduate degrees for those jobs? Is the poor performance of workers in such jobs due to not having postgraduate degrees?

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  7. Caswell Franklyn March 26, 2017 at 8:57 AM #

    Tony

    The requirement for these postgraduate degrees were put in place for one reason and that is to prevent people who previously met the requirements from getting these jobs in preference for their friends. Many of the persons who now qualify were given advance notice to get masters.

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  8. Tony Trotman March 26, 2017 at 9:36 AM #

    Caswell

    It appears that the recruitment and selection process in the public sector is unfair and unobjective.

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  9. David March 26, 2017 at 9:47 AM #

    What are the solutions?

    Caswell does this not go back somewhat to the exchanges you had with Grenville on the other topic?

    We must be able to have respect find the authoritative sources within government and outside on these matters.

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  10. Hants March 26, 2017 at 9:52 AM #

    Caswell wrote ” Ministers Speak from Positions of Ignorance ”

    Ministers would do well to leave their egos at home and use the vast knowledge base in the top tier of the civil service.

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  11. Bush Tea March 26, 2017 at 10:01 AM #

    @ Caswell
    Boss…
    The kind of transformation that would be required in our Public Service can NEVER be achieved by criticism of the idiots in charge coming from the outside…especially in a union.
    It needs to be ‘BUPPED’ into place by a knowledgeable, caring, individual, …operating from the inside …and endowed with plenty of balls.

    The alternative is what we are seeing now…

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  12. Erskine Miller March 26, 2017 at 10:16 AM #

    It’s OK for the government to change the qualifications for some positions from time to time, however, it makes no sense that if someone was has been in a position thirty or forty years ago all of a sudden the criteria has changed and all of a sudden the same person is no longer qualified for the position. What would have changed if the job description remain the same? Even if the criteria changes meeting the criteria should be for new employees coming on board not the veterans. Nothing should change as far as the veterans are concerned since they are already in the positions that they are in already. Are you telling me that someone close to retirement will be demoted or fired? It doesn’t make any sense what the government is doing. What is the union going to do now. As long as a worker is in a position that they were qualified for when they started then the new qualifications should not apply to them but should be applied to anyone else coming on board. It’s the same duties that they are performing and since the duties are not changing, the government should never go back and change the rules in the middle of the game.

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  13. Hal Austin March 26, 2017 at 10:23 AM #

    Even in the private sector we get this nonsense. Often we see jobs advertised with the requirements being a PhD or MA and ten years’ experience and be aged under 25. It is bogus and is crafted simply to bring some foreigner in to the country.

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  14. Artax March 26, 2017 at 10:45 AM #

    Suppose, for example, after working 10 years in the Public Sector, a Clerical Officer was promoted to Senior Clerk.

    a) Are we ASSUMING or was any DEFINITIVE STATEMENT made to SUGGEST that, according to the Civil Service’s new Public Service (Qualifications) Order, 2016, if the individual does not have the prerequisite qualifications to hold or act in the position of Senior Clerk, he/she will be reverted to their original position or dismissed from the service?

    b) If not, would the individual be allowed to continue in the current position and granted time to pursue the requisite qualifications?

    Before making these types of decisions, I believe there should have been consultations between government and the workers’ bargaining agents (e.g. Police Association) and labour unions.

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  15. Bernard Codrington March 26, 2017 at 10:50 AM #

    Are we shifting the goal posts again or are we devouring the flavour of the month management theory…the new snake skin oil. Paper qualifications get one through the door of employment. Once one is employed ,one’s promotion up the institutional and corporate ladder should depend on one’s competence and one’s ability to get the job done.
    Methods and technology change with time and one should take refresher courses , and attend seminars and conferences to keep ahead of the learning curve. But higher degrees may boost the holder’s ego but seldom his competence.

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  16. David March 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM #

    @Hal

    Are you sure about the private sector bit?

    There is a term used in the private sector called ‘grandfathering’ used to transitioned old grades to those

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  17. Artax March 26, 2017 at 11:02 AM #

    Hal Austin March 26, 2017 at 10:23 AM #

    “Even in the private sector we get this nonsense. Often we see jobs advertised with the requirements being a PhD or MA and ten years’ experience and be aged under 25. It is bogus and is crafted simply to bring some foreigner in to the country.”

    @ Hal Austin

    I agree with your above comments.

    Too often I have seen Sandy Lane’s vacancy advertisements in the newspapers in which they are seeking to fill a vacant post and two weeks later notice is seen stating they did not receive any suitable applications and are applying for a work permit to bring in a non-national to fill the position. It seems as though the only positions Barbadians are suitable for at Sandy Lane Hotel are Housekeepers, Bellmen, Porters, Stewards, Security Guards, Pool Attendants, Gardeners and Maintenance.

    A few years ago a hotel advertised for a Chef/Trainer who must have a degree in computer science. A Barbadian met all the requirements as was outlined in the vacancy advertisement, but the job was given to a non-national. He subsequently went to the media to highlight this injustice. As is usually the case in Barbados’ hotel industry, that situation, in Bajan parlance, “died a natural death.”

    It has reached the stage of “ludicrosity” where a company could not find suitable applicants in Barbados for the positions of “tree climbers” and “tree trimmers,” and sought to apply for work permits to bring in non-nationals.

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  18. Artax March 26, 2017 at 11:12 AM #

    Caswell Franklyn March 26, 2017 at 8:57 AM #

    “The requirement for these postgraduate degrees were put in place for one reason and that is to prevent people who previously met the requirements from getting these jobs in preference for their friends.”

    @ Caswell

    A friend of mine worked at a statutory corporation as an assistant accountant and after the accountant was fired, she acted in that position for three (3) years. When the accountant’s position was advertised, although she had the prerequisite qualifications, the clause of having “10 years experience” was included to deny her eligibility for the job, because she was working at the Board for seven (7) years.

    The individual who was hired was a supporter of the DLP and a friend of a Board member. She was then expected to “show” the accountant what to do.

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  19. Caswell Franklyn March 26, 2017 at 11:32 AM #

    Artax

    That happens most of the time but the workers are too afraid to take action and the major unions are too bought off to properly represent those workers.

    Sent from my iPad

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  20. David March 26, 2017 at 11:36 AM #

    Interesting to see a whole Board (Governing Body) at St. Leonards resign. Interesting because many of the names published are DLP supporters.

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  21. Bush Tea March 26, 2017 at 11:40 AM #

    @ Bernard
    Once one is employed ,one’s promotion up the institutional and corporate ladder should depend on one’s competence and one’s ability to get the job done.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Sacrilege !!! Heresy!!
    Are you serious?

    Boss, that would be tantamount to having a meritocracy …where PERFORMANCE, rather than relying on ass-licking and connections is needed to get through.

    You want to turn Bim “upsided-down”?

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  22. William Skinner March 26, 2017 at 11:44 AM #

    he more things change ,the more they remain the same ! Forty years ago, the powers that be wanted all teachers to have the minimum of four O’levels including English. The BUT (Barbados unions of Teacher) realised that some teachers who had been in the profession for sometime, would have been forced out of their jobs. The union embarked on a program to ensure that the attained the necessary qualification.
    The collective jokers seem to be constantly looking for stupid fights. Any worker who has been been meeting expectations in his or her field should not be discriminated against because a piece of paper is missing. Any changes should only apply to new applicants.
    I was once engaged in a discussion with a very erudite gentleman who argued that a very prominent historian was not in the same “class” of another prominent historian because one had a doctorate and the other only had a masters. The gentleman argued that one must “present ” something to his or her “peers’ before they can be truly elevated.

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  23. David March 26, 2017 at 11:48 AM #

    @Caswell

    Another question which is what we do.

    Do you know what methodology was used to grade the positions in the service?

    As stated above, this s done in the private sector all the time but accommodation is made to transition valued employees to the revised positions.

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  24. Hal Austin March 26, 2017 at 11:53 AM #

    David,

    I am sure. I remember one there was a vacancy in a private clinic for a nurse, listing the requirements. Someone I knew had applied for the position and I handed in the application myself down the Wharf. Ms Farnum was the chief immigration officer. To this day the woman has not even received a courtesy reply.
    Although I am sure Ms Farnum is highly ethical, the truth is that civil servants conspire in this nonsense.
    The easy way to get round it is that for all these genuine positions there will be a visa for one year and the employer must employ a local to shadow the person. In no case should those visas extend beyond three years.
    Who remembers when someone Gypsy from the Balkans was rude to a prime minister?

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  25. David March 26, 2017 at 11:58 AM #

    @Hal

    Not sure why your friend would have submitted a job to the Chief Immigration Officer. One write to the CIO if challenging a work permit request.

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  26. Hal Austin March 26, 2017 at 12:01 PM #

    It was one of those we cannot find a local applicant to fit the requirements for job ads..

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  27. Colonel Buggy March 26, 2017 at 12:04 PM #

    If you think that the public sector is bad when it comes to recruiting,check this entity. Every time they need to fill a vacancy, its the same old ploy. One wonders if there are any Barbadians working at this place outside the realms of maid work and gardening.

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  28. ndtewarie March 26, 2017 at 12:48 PM #

    A WORLD WITHOUT WOMEN

 
What this world would be
Without our women
Don’t be stupid, dummy
There would be no men
For behind any ordinary man
There is a good woman 
 
There would be no world
No country
No flags to be unfurled
So empty
For women bring love into play for all
This sometimes adds to man’s downfall
 
What would the world be without fashion
It would be a real mess
Living in a bomb-shelter without ration
Seeing a man in a dress
It would be like a hive without bees
Living in a desert without any oases
 
Imagine a world without any bikini
No G-string
It would be so barren, no beauty
A sad thing
There would be no healthy beach
And nothing for all men to reach
 
No matter how man prays to the above
He’d be left with a world so barren
He would never be able to fall in love
In a world so dull and foreign
It wouldn’t be a world but a big joke
Like drinking good rum without coke
 
Men would be left facing the wall
For men without women
There wouldn’t be any Taj Mahal
A cock without a hen
It would be a sad, wretched world indeed
And men would have no use for their seed
 
And those commercials about hygiene and Secret
For which men have no need
They say their pH-balance don’t make them fret
For which men take no heed
But whether they use Massengill or wear panty-hose
A rose by any other name is still a bleddy rose
 
Men would surely go robust and bust
The macho stereotype so sterile, so vain
What would men do with all that lust
Like going the other way in a one way lane 
That’s one sensation of which they would be deprived
Which can’t be replaced no matter how they contrived
 
Without women there’d be no heartbeat
Men’s hearts would not last very long
That would be the cause of men’s defeat
There would be no love in their song
Their world would be in monotone
With poor men’s hormone all alone

    No night life without night-gals
Boring, boring
Men can’t have fun with their pals
I’ll be snoring
It’s women who maintain the balance and checks
And men can’t live without this opposite sex
 
Men would not need bedrooms
No marriage no honeymoon
No brides and no bride-grooms
Like a song without a tune
Then men may really learn a thing or two
For without women they can’t find a clue
 
Finally last but not least
A man without a woman
Will resort back to a beast
And become a lesser man
Sailing a sunken sail-less ship without a mast
In a planet just hit by a nuclear holocaust.


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  29. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI March 26, 2017 at 2:05 PM #

    @ Bernard Codrington

    What you state is the solution to the problem that plagues the complete system.

    How many of us lived in the times of educators (note that I did not say teachers) who, while not degree’d like others of their time nor subsequent times, were extremely good teachers?

    So again de ole man gets back to this simple solution

    A man makes 5 blocks a day therefore at the end of a month of 20 days minus 4 weekends he should have made 100 blocks (variables being the availability of sand, cement and two down)

    The Waste Foopism called Edutech at US$236 million dollars should have had a component which in addition to showing all of the student marks and achievements would have provided irrevocable reports on teacher interactions attendance, class prep materials, student uptake, marks etc.

    But that would have been too much to ask for when the proceeds purportedly were to aggrandise Illuminat and de #1 man in the #3 business and by extension the author of the Edutech scam.

    Note that the ole man has said purportedly.

    Whn Ajani or Moore or Mary redman or Sir Leroy or Caswell would be summoned to a meeting as relates to the promotion of a party over another what these persons would require would be the corresponding metrics to show what the respective outputs of these parties would be.

    And while it can be said that a group of persons could technically collude to provide sterling performances the fact remains that the cumulative output of any state enterprise cannot be so fraudulently constructed to trick (a) the auditor general and (b) an independent audit that sought to examine the performance of one party over another.

    Whuloss I almost sounding like Grenville or is it that Grenville is sounding like me since i have long posited that “output of blocks” concept?

    Every single job in our Public Service must, like the private sector, have its (quantifiable and possibly qualitative) deliverables. (Remember that there are some sectors where it is difficult to assess such e.g. health care where an operation could be successful but the patient dies)

    Deliverables have timelines and timelines underscore competencies and if one were to implement a platform to measure these deliverables where possible we could easily agree with firing a clerical officer at the Licensing Department who during th course of a day is only able to produce one complete file for one applicant for their driving licence when the average is 20

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  30. Vincent Haynes March 26, 2017 at 2:06 PM #

    I wonder why govt would be pursuing this road of qualifications for as Bernard stated ones qualifications are to gain entrance and after that you will be trained,back in the day my company trained me with anything further to go with Caswells conclusion maybe right.

    I did see not long ago in the local press that an NGO required a professional whose qualifications could be exposure to the work for I think 3-5 years and that attitude is replicated in the wider world where commonsense is valued more than qualifications.

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  31. David March 26, 2017 at 2:27 PM #

    @Vincent

    You can’t wonder and then jump to a conclusion. It is not uncommon for entities to evaluate job positions. We need to hear more.

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  32. Vincent Haynes March 26, 2017 at 2:35 PM #

    David

    I said Caswells conclusion maybe right…….how can maybe be a conclusion??

    Where has Piece of the rock gone as I cannot find his poster offensive anymore?

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  33. David March 26, 2017 at 2:42 PM #

    @Vincent

    Do you understand what a non sequitur means? You should not be able to draw a conclusion from a state if unsure it is fact.

    Didn’t you read PUDRYR comment?

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  34. Vincent Haynes March 26, 2017 at 2:46 PM #

    David

    You can non sequitir as much as you like my sentence is qualified by word….MAYBE….capiche

    No I have not seen PUDRYR comment as I only came in around 1.00 pm since this morning…..where can it be found?

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  35. David March 26, 2017 at 2:50 PM #

    @vincent

    To repeat, if you are not certain about a statement made to draw a conclusion is a nonsense.

    The comment is located where the poster was posted.

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  36. Vincent Haynes March 26, 2017 at 2:55 PM #

    David

    Do you know about qualifying a sentence…..obviously not.

    So I have to scroll through all the various blogs because of your hissy fit….does not become you.

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  37. David March 26, 2017 at 2:59 PM #

    No you don’t have to scroll the blog. You just have to go where you viewed the poster.

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  38. Vincent Haynes March 26, 2017 at 3:02 PM #

    The poster was viewed in the poster offensive blog which I can no longer locate.

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  39. David March 26, 2017 at 3:31 PM #

    @Vincent

    You are making this blogging business so difficulty. PUDRYR posted the poster @March 24, 2017 at 3:28 AM. Click on the Poster Offensive blog and read all the comments after the aforementioned date. In one of PUDRYR’s comments he clearly mentions that he has disabled the iamage SSS found offensive.

    BU takes this opportunity to acknowledge how PUDYR and SSS were able to arrive at a reasoned (win win ) position. It is why we hesitated to censor when the opportunity existed to parley with a better outcome.

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  40. Piece Uh De Rock Yeah Right - INRI March 26, 2017 at 4:33 PM #

    @ Vincent

    I disabled the specific submission having been prevailed upon to do so by the “In the Castle of My Skin” reasoning of my “sister blogger” SSS.

    Even we who are trained to employ “By Any Means Necessary” will sometimes pause the knife short of the carotid so to speak.

    @ The Honourable Blogmaster

    Because of the ongoing “interference” with my systems bu the faction, the modality to do most things internet is going trough a change since one does not want Phases II and III to be thusly interrupted.

    The toll being used does not seem to be in sync with your BU filters and canvas reading protocol and is being placed in the Spam Folder

    No Imap or pop3 access as yet so cant read any mail until ammmmm one or two things are done.

    @ Bernard Codrington

    What you state is the solution to this problem that plagues the complete system.

    How many of us lived in the times of educators (note that I did not say teachers) who, while not degree’d like others of their time nor subsequent times, were extremely good teachers?

    So again de ole man gets back to this simple solution

    A man makes 5 blocks a day therefore at the end of a month of 20 days minus 4 weekends he should have made 100 blocks (variables being the availability of sand, cement and two down)

    The Waste Foopism called Edutech at US$236 million dollars should have had a component which in addition to showing all of the student marks and achievements would have provided irrevocable reports on teacher interactions attendance, class prep materials, student uptake, marks etc.

    But that would have been too much to ask for when the proceeds purportedly were to aggrandise Illuminat and de #1 man in the #3 business and by extension the author of the Edutech scam.

    Note that the ole man has said purportedly.

    Whn Ajani or Moore or Mary redman or Sir Leroy or Caswell would be summoned to a meeting as relates to the promotion of a party over another what these persons would require would be the corresponding metrics to show what the respective outputs of these parties would be.

    And while it can be said that a group of persons could technically collude to provide sterling performances the fact remains that the cumulative output of any state enterprise cannot be so fraudulently constructed to trick (a) the auditor general and (b) an independent audit that sought to examine the performance of one party over another.

    Whuloss I almost sounding like Grenville or is it that Grenville is sounding like me since i have long posited that “output of blocks” concept?

    Every single job in our Public Service must, like the private sector, have its (quantifiable and possibly qualitative) deliverables. (Remember that there are some sectors where it is difficult to assess such e.g. health care where an operation could be successful but the patient dies)

    Deliverables have timelines and timelines underscore competencies and if one were to implement a platform to measure these deliverables where possible we could easily agree with firing a clerical officer at the Licensing Department who during th course of a day is only able to produce one complete file for one applicant for their driving licence when the average is 20

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  41. David March 26, 2017 at 4:39 PM #

    @PUDRYR

    It is happening with a couple other commenters as well. It is just the WordPress filter not liking your security setup. You have the choice to let BU moderate your account that way we are alerted to release your comment. Hopefully after a day or so of this it will fix itself.

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  42. Vincent Haynes March 26, 2017 at 4:47 PM #

    Piece

    Glad to know of your ability to reason.

    David

    Thanks.

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  43. Exclaimer March 26, 2017 at 5:17 PM #

    When will you people understand that the Bajan Negro has been deemed by those in control to be surplus to requirement in a postmodern Barbados.

    It never has been a question as to whether or not the candidate for the post is suitably qualified. The employers on the island have been given a green light to discriminate against our nationals in favour of non-nationals.

    There are those on this island who dream of a high end Barbados. A Barbados that resembles the high end status of the principality of Monaco in France. I have been to Monaco and i can assure you that it is a “ town” dripping in wealth. A place where the poor are not visible. Where houses are built on a grand scale and come with the obligatory swimming pool. A town where you are more likely to see a high-end Porsche, Mercedes, BMW rather than a mediocre Toyota car.

    It is no coincidence that our female Indian MP (i’ve forgotten her name) has been trying for years to find employment for Bajan citizens to work in the agriculture industry overseas in Canada.

    You will find that as employment opportunities continue to decline then more of our citizens will quit the island for greener pastures. For those that remain expect to see a rise in both the prison and the mental hospital population.

    This current DLP has done a wonderful job in demoralising her population by running the country into the ground. You can imagine the terms of those loans. It has been whispered in their ears – by those who provide the loans – that the country needs to get rid of a certain group of undesirables currently resident on the island: the Negro.

    There are a number of foreigners who would like to own their piece of the rock. These are the type of people who do not feel comfortable living amongst the Negro.

    The power’s that be have a vision for Barbados. If you’re poor, middle class and black you’re not a priority. If i were you i would start to make some alternative plans for your future. If not, you are going to get left behind and forgotten in the country of your birth.

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  44. Pachamama March 26, 2017 at 5:28 PM #

    Seems to us that everybody is speaking from some position of ignorance.

    People talk about change but we are yet to see that change rooted in popular narratives of transformation.

    No names of the fathers of change are heard

    We hear no songs about Bussa, ringing in the people’s ears

    Nobody has recalled the songs of liberation from elsewhere.

    We are unsure weather this generation, or past, know anything much about popular struggles anywhere else.

    The songs of Quilapayun or Victor Jara, for example

    There are no winds of liberation blowing anywhere near Babadus.

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  45. NorthernObserver March 26, 2017 at 5:31 PM #

    I was most interested in “Space does not permit me to deal with the Public Service (Qualifications) Order”, so maybe another day.
    In my experience, this has become a growing issue everywhere. It seems that a Ph.D from the University of Nowhere, in Behind-Gods-back, any country is now a legit degree. And the competition amongst educational institutions to acquire and graduate students (their revenue stream) has reached global endemic levels.
    And for a variety of reasons, no group, far less a political one (government) is going to somehow classify educational institutions. Hence an executive MBA (the best of the revenue streams because it is usually funded by employers) is now equal to an MBA.

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  46. David March 26, 2017 at 6:02 PM #

    @NorthernObserver

    What purpose is the Accreditation Council serving?

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  47. Exclaimer March 26, 2017 at 6:07 PM #

    @ Pacha

    Today in Russia they have been protesting against government corruption.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39398305

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  48. charles skeete March 26, 2017 at 11:29 PM #

    “Bernard Codrington March 26, 2017 at 10:50 AM #

    Are we shifting the goal posts again or are we devouring the flavour of the month management theory…the new snake skin oil. Paper qualifications get one through the door of employment. Once one is employed ,one’s promotion up the institutional and corporate ladder should depend on one’s competence and one’s ability to get the job done.
    Methods and technology change with time and one should take refresher courses , and attend seminars and conferences to keep ahead of the learning curve. But higher degrees may boost the holder’s ego but seldom his competence.”

    After 45 years of public service at junior and senior level and the experience from performing audit work in almost every Government department I can say without a shadow of doubt that never a truer word was ever spoken and the malaise of disgruntlement which has existed for the past twenty years when merit went through the window has sowed the seeds of the incompetence now seen at senior levels in public service decision making.

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  49. NorthernObserver March 26, 2017 at 11:51 PM #

    @Blogmaster
    if you are referring to the BAC, my understanding is they are primarily engaged in assessing local/regional academic bodies. When one tiptoes into say the USA, there are more educational institutions than imagineable. And a wide range of accreditation bodies, many of which are more registries than doing any in depth research and analysis.
    Higher education has reached the point, where anybody can buy a Master’s degree. Using such to determine promotability for existing employees is a joke.

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  50. Hal Austin March 27, 2017 at 2:43 AM #

    Exclaimer,

    You missed a key point: if the people rebel, not only the police and defence force will shoot them down, but the RSS is waiting in the wings to parachute in and sort them out.
    In other words, there is no way out for the poor and marginalised.

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  51. Violet Beckles CUP Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI March 27, 2017 at 4:51 AM #

    Speaker of the House Michael Carrington son die tonight a well he got shoot up they quiet on matter ..sources confirmed>>>>?????

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  52. Well Well & Consequences Observing BloggerI March 27, 2017 at 7:08 AM #

    Hal…ya too dramatic, these are different times, give the people some credit and positive energy, I thank ya missed the war being fought on social media..

    I have no sympathy for lawyers who steal from their clients and because there is no functioning DPP, attorney general, prime minister or police hierarchy in Barbados, they steal from clients and commit other crimes and get away with it time and again.

    Whatever karmic hell comes their way, is well deserved.

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  53. Bush Tea March 27, 2017 at 7:41 AM #

    @ Hal
    if the people rebel, not only the police and defence force will shoot them down, but the RSS is waiting in the wings to parachute in and sort them out.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Where is this situation essentially different ANYWHERE else?

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  54. Colonel Buggy March 27, 2017 at 11:01 PM #

    I was there in 1966, hours after Barbados gained independence, and troops of the Barbados Regiment were called out as a show of force to discourage any repeat of the disturbance which marred the celebrations the previous night.
    Some of the soldiers came back in the early hours of the morning, peeved as hell, because as one bluntly put it , he had the same number of rounds in his magazine as he did when he left St Anns Fort earlier in the evening to go to independence square.
    We haven’t changed in 50 years, and beside the Defence Force and the RSS which Hal made mentioned of, there are also the Private Militias in the form of the Clay Pigeon Shooting Club and the other one in Kendal. Recall the time one of their women went missing?

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  55. Exclaimer March 28, 2017 at 3:00 AM #

    Perhaps Colonel Buggy and Hal Austin have a point; however have you seen the news coming out from Russia concerning an opposition leader who is a blogger.

    His fame is growing and even Putin appears uncertain how to handle him and and his growing legions of supporters.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39404985

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