Public Service Union Issues Reminder: Public Officers Prohibited from Political Participation

Public Service Union Issues Reminder: Public Officers Prohibited from Political Participation

The Public Service Union (PSU) has issued a reminder to public officers that they are prohibited by law from participating on behalf of any political party or candidate.  The reminder comes after union executives observed many public officers posing on social media with political shirts, and taking part in political activities.  The PSU President, Dean Flowers, explained to Love News that public officers need to remember that photos of them campaigning could be used against them when another administration takes over.

Dean Flowers, President, Public Service Union: “We are aware and yes in the past it did occur and it was so bad that I can tell you that there were public officers who never did resign before contesting certain conventions and it is not because it was not pointed out, it was simply because there was lack of political will by the previous administration to ensure that things were done properly and correctly. But fast forward today and what we got from the political parties and more importantly from the current administration in November of 2020 was a pledge and a promise to do things differently and that meant of course restoring some sense of pride and dignity, decorum in how the public service is run. But unfortunately we know that again it’s six of one and half a dozen of the other because we have not seen any change in the way how the government manages public officers who are close to political parties. So we’re saying to public officers please don’t put yourself in that position to have to force us to then to try to defend your wrong doing even though our position is not necessarily defending the wrong doing but more so defending the person based on passage of time because all of these photographs trust me they will resurface when government changes under a new administration they will resurface and there will be an attempt to come at these people. And so we’re saying to these individuals please slow down and let’s do the right thing so that we don’t give people any reason for people to come at you for all the wrong reasons.”

Flowers also had a message for the politicians.  He noted that while they have the videos and photos of certain CEOs and public officers engaging in campaigning with political shirts on, he hopes that this administration would recall when they registered the very complaints when they were in opposition.

Dean Flowers, President, Public Service Union: “I don’t think that we need to take the approach at this moment to call out each and every name of these officers whose videos and photographs we’ve seen. Because then the first thing you will hear is that we’re being politically biased because the union did not call out other public officers, other CEOs who were equally abusive or more abusive. I can recall coming from Orange Walk North there were certain CEOs who used to be at every single election whether a village council or whatever down there in government vehicles and we’re seeing a repeat of that. And we’re saying, look, the assets and utilities director or sends out circulars regular saying that these assets, these vehicles are supposed to be used solely for work purposes and in carrying out your work. And of course, I’m going to say that I’m really hoping that he will also heed his own advice as it relates to his circulars because it is not applicable to others, it is applicable to all of us who are charged with some government asset. But in essence what I’m saying is, look, we don’t want to get to the point, and we don’t need to get to the point to be calling people’s name. Facebook is out there. They know what they’re doing. It is for them to have a little bit of conscience and to understand that what they’re doing is wrong. It’s setting the wrong example. and they’re being no different as their predecessors and that is not the kind of country that we want. And certainly that is not the kind of leaders in the public service that we want. We want people who will do their part to at least restore some pride in the public service and how it’s administered.”

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