Francis opposed to Public Servants on contract

Attorney at Law,Mary Francis, has asserted that putting public servants on contract has done a disservice to this country.

Francis said it is a noble thing to want to be a career public servant and serve one’s country.

“But when you are taking those people on contract for two and three years and renew at very high salaries, it demoralizes the public service in the first place and then you have to give them a gratuity – all the money is going towards paying civil servants, that is what they have said at the Central Bank, the World Bank and so on,” the Human Rights Activist stated.

She declared that when a small segment of the society lives a ‘privileged life’ the majority of young people are ¬†adversely affected.

“That is why they resort to what they resort to,” Francis declared.

Francis said from her recollection, the argument that was presented at the time that public servants were put on contract was that there was need to attract highly qualified persons.

The outspoken Attorney at Law said perhaps at that time there were few such individuals.

However she observed that today there are many graduates.

“Now every other person has a post graduate degree so to me there is no need to have those persons there, saying that you are bringing in material that the private sector can attract and therefore you have to pay them high salaries,” Francis said during an interview with Radio Caribbean International.

She described the situation as being ridiculous.


  1. Concerned
    December 13, 2016 at 8:20 am

    There are hundreds on registered nurses on those contracts for 3 plus years . And nothing is being done to make them permanent.

    1. Anonymous
      December 13, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      With permanence comes additional benefits. Benefits costs money. Money comes from taxes. Do you want your taxes increased? And ask yourself, with the quality of service coming from a lot of those nurses, are they worthy of receiving such benefits.

  2. Concerned Citizen
    December 13, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    “This is why they resort to what they resort to”.. Interesting Mary Francis! Ever think that “that they might resort to what they resort to” because of statements like these? Wow! As a result of ‘What they resort to” we should “RESTORE CONFIDENCE” once more, and make St.Lucia a better place.

  3. Concerned Citizen
    December 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    i am not downplaying your point that things can be a whole lot better in the public service.

  4. Anonymous
    December 14, 2016 at 7:05 am

    After three, four and five Yeats of studying, the government has no respect for the nursing profession, concerned citizen you should try putting the shoes o n the other feet