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Jan 20, 2014

PSU seeking to implement whistle-blowers clause to protect public officers

And to show that they might not be loud, but they are getting the job done, the PSU stated today that it is working to get the public officers reinstated, since the Commissions Regulations state that public officers cannot be suspended on half-pay for more than thirty days. And while that is in the works, the PSU is also actively seeking to implement a whistle-blowers clause which would protect public officers from corrupt politicians, of which there seem to be no end.

 

Ray Davis, Industrial Relations Officer, P.S.U.

Ray Davis

“They should not be on half pay beyond that initial thirty days. We are at the forefront of this issue where these officers are concerned and we really leave the hype and all the other things to the political parties. And we quite understand that it is in that arena that that needs to be fought and we will leave that fight out there.”

 

Reporter

“So what you are saying is that these officers should be receiving a hundred percent of…”

 

Ray Davis

“That is our position as the union.”

 

Marvin Blades

Marvin Blades, President, P.S.U.

“Yes, it is. And in fact, just to clarify, the public service commission regulations states that an officer; there is sixty days where an officer can be suspended before any charges be levied upon him. However, the amendment to the, the labor amendment of 2011, states in forty-six two (C) that an officer can only be suspended for nothing more than thirty days at half pay. And if you calculate it, these officers have been suspended for more than ninety days. And one of the letter we had received was to extend that ninety days and we wrote to say that that cannot be; these officers had to be reinstated as of thirty days of that last suspension. And so we are awaiting that decision from commission because the amendments clearly states that. So you can’t go contrary to that. Part of our proposal for the negotiations—and we do go back to the table on the twenty-eighth—is the, we had on one of our proposal, the whistleblower’s legislation and that would help to solve some of the issues that we have where politicians or anybody who is doing corruption can be remedied. So the whistleblower legislation, it has been on the table as part of our negotiations and it was agreed to be exact by the three lead ministers for one to be drafted and implemented. Now, because we are still negotiating we have not started the draft of that whistleblower’s legislation, but we intend to make sure that that follow through so that we can at least have public officers and those persons that are caught in those net, can give up those persons in immunity for whatever. But as it is right now, we don’t have that. That’s why we are asking in our proposal for the whistleblowers legislation.”

 

Sharon Neal, Erwin Robinson and Omar Phillips have been suspended on half pay since late September, shortly after the scandal broke on September nineteenth.

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