PSU Calls for Government Correction of Unlawful Member Transfers

PSU Calls for Government Correction of Unlawful Member Transfers

The Public Service Union is rallying against what it says is the unlawful transfer of some of its members. According to PSU President Dean Flowers, within the past few weeks, several members have been transferred without the procedures being used. Flowers called into The Morning Show to discuss the issue and call on the government to make corrections. 

Dean Flowers, President, Public Service Union: “The problem that we’re having currently is that CEOs who have no such authority are transferring and posting people without the knowledge or consent of the commission or the person to who the delegation of those powers have been. And there is absolutely no respect by some of these CEOs. As we speak a round of transfers was recently executed and as we speak CEOs are instructing their secretaries and their admin officers to call these public officers to tell them don’t report, I don’t want you here, I don’t want that one there. And I’m calling them out and I’m calling for the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Secretaries to please address the CEO caucus on Wednesday when they meet and to inform them to respect the commission, respect the CEO in the Ministry of Public Service and I’m calling on the CEO in the Ministry of Public Service to say something, talk to your colleagues, make them stop behaving like that. They have no authority to be moving people. Right now we’re dealing with several cases whereby we have to go fight for people’s allowances because they would have posted these people in other ministries, departments or stations without the vested authority. Now the people are saying well “Union help me because I am traveling up and down and I can’t get my money.” So I ‘m just calling them out for them to please stop it. Please stop it because all that you’re creating is a greater bunch of frustrated and angry public officers and that translates into bad services for the people and government of Belize.”

Flowers added that despite the union making attempts to contact the Chief Executive Officers of several ministries, their concerns have not been addressed.

Dean Flowers, President, Public Service Union: “Just as recent as last week Wednesday we even sent out a circular using the Government’s network to remind them that they have no such authority and asking them to stop it. And lo and behold up until Friday we kept getting calls about some of these CEOs refusing to accept these people. So pretty much the people and government of Belize is paying money, paying certain public officers as we speak to do nothing because they have nowhere to report. I know the Prime Minister said that he wants the People’s Constitution Commission to look at that aspect of it and he doesn’t want to touch that until the commission so fine we’ve accepted that the commission is working and we have of course raised that as an area for revision of course and we’ll see how that goes when the final report is submitted.”

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