Press Release:– The St.Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has been made aware of another round of transfers/promotions at the senior levels of the Public Service, which appears to be a continuation of the recent disturbing trend of interference by the political directorate in the operations of the Service.
- The Accountant General has been removed from that office on a lateral transfer to serve as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. We recently heard of criticisms leveled at the Treasury Department by a Government Minister and now we are seeing retaliatory action being taken by Government, because of the stance taken by the former Accountant General to defend her staff.
- The Acting Permanent Secretary in the Department of External Affairs was returned to her substantive post as a Deputy Permanent Secretary and transferred to the Department of Equity. The CSA has been made to understand this sudden move was related to the effort to bring closure to an outstanding matter with a vehicle belonging to a former diplomat, which presumably is not in sync with Government’s preference at this time.
- Finally, a new Acting Accountant General is in place for the next six (6) months. The CSA offers congratulations to him on his temporary promotion and is hopeful that the individual continues to maintain the professional standard set by previous holders of the post and will not be dissuaded from his fiduciary duties by pressures exerted from above.
The CSA has observed that the Government continues to play around with the Public Service, as if engaged in a game of musical chairs.
Government as an employer must be held to a higher standard and should never manipulate the system in a manner that causes its employees to be treated unfairly and unjustly.
We call on the members of the Public Service Commission (PSC) to demonstrate their independence as envisioned by the provisions of our Constitution and ensure that fairness, reasonableness and justice is always exercised in matters of discipline, transfers and promotions.
These recent transfers/promotions appear to be triggered by persons and events outside the realm of Public Service and do not consider the experience, competences and the suitability of the individuals for the respective positions.
CSA will continue to speak out against this disturbing trend, which if not curtailed, will only serve to further undermine the impartiality, neutrality and professional integrity of the Public Service.
11th September, 2020