Section 106 refers to a portion of the constitution that deals with public workers positions managed by the Public Services Commission. Section 107 deals with the positions that the Governor General could appoint upon advice of the Prime Minister. The issue that some unions including the PSU has taken up is the government’s non-chalance in moving positions under 106 to the 107 category. It is causing a stir among union members as it is a situation that could very well limit public officers from attaining senior positions through a natural ascension. Love News understands that there isn’t much that the unions could do in these instances, but according to the VP in the PSU, there are still options that the unions could utilize.
Dean Flowers, First Vice President, Public Service Union: “Firstly I don’t think it would be right for me to say that it cannot be stopped. I always believe in people power and if it is that the majority of public officers are sensitized on this issue and they realized how it would affect each and everyone of them at some point in time in their career if it is that they choose to be career public officers with the intention of one day assuming leadership position within a department or ministry then I’m pretty quite sure it can be stopped. However what we have to ensure is that the process that is in place in the constitution for moving from 106 to 107 what we want to ensure is that that process is followed to the letter of the law and where it says that there needs to be consultation between the Public Service Commission and the Prime Minister we expect that that consultation would be meaningful, that our own representative that sits on the Public Service Commission would in fact seek our input on giving their position or any position that would be under consideration to be converted from a 106 to a 107 position.”