Some public servants not pulling their weight – PM

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves (File photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – While Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is pleased with the performance of the local public service, he is concerned about those public servants who are “not pulling their weight”.

He said at the opening ceremony of a meeting of regional heads of Public Service Commissions and cabinet secretaries last week that many procedures in the public service “are not only designed for accountability but deliberately to slow down things”.

“I have no doubts that you will address those and other concerns as you go towards good governance,” Gonsalves said at the opening of two-day meeting, which concluded on Friday, was held under the theme “From Public Sector Reform to Governance”.

“One of the issues in our public services, which we have to look at: why is it that some public servants do not want to pull their weight — a minority of them?” he further stated.

“And we have to find ways because, in these challenging times, … it is the most inefficient and those not endowed with a work ethic which we would approve of in our civilisation, those are the one who tend to be the most mischievous in terms of soon as a piece of paper passes their desk and they feel that it is something which can aid them in perhaps future promotion — because they can’t get the promotion on the basis of merit — they try to see if they can get it on the basis of politics.

“So they run with it to somebody engaged in the politics to put some political credit in the bank for when, in their opinion, a new dispensation may arise and their redemption may be at hand,” he said.

He, however, said that the system does not work like that. “It’s all in your head. And very soon, when you get the office that way and you have no capacity, everybody finds out and then all it does, it hastens the demise of those who had put square pegs in round holes.”

Gonsalves said that this country, under his 11-year-old government, has taken a series of measures to reform the public service, including training, institutional arrangements and rearrangements, and better structure to perform functions.

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7 thoughts on “Some public servants not pulling their weight – PM

  1. I’m sick and tired of this guy…… please ralph keep your mouth close on these matters. Maybe its because many of them can’t get paid on time. Why don’t you pull your weight and pay the damn people on time

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | February 28, 2012, 09:10
  2. We have heard this last year,the year before…come on you servants,pull alyo damm’ll problably getting to fat ,so the weight is to much to carry around…lmao…..

    Posted by Arnette Dirtsman Pollard | February 28, 2012, 09:26
    • This is close to what I was thinking when I first read this….lol!

      Posted by Jeannine James | February 28, 2012, 19:22
  3. And another thing, King Ralph, the whole idea of getting promotion based on on politics, was all your idea. Do you remember, OWN THE JOBS, OWN THE COUNTRY, OWN EVERYTHING???

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | February 28, 2012, 10:00
  4. Own the policewoman;

    Posted by L Sutton | February 28, 2012, 10:29
  5. Gonsalves, how dare you attack these people again, those that have supported you and your crap behaviour over the years.
    I am sure that you Gonsalves are an expert in slowing things down. From payments to employees and business’s, to talking crap in parliament to frustrate the proceedings.
    As for good governance, that is something that we certainly don’t have. Gonsalves is the worst manager of anything.
    People don’t pull their own weight when they see crap and theft at the top of their departments, then get paid late.
    Miller, the police chief, employs convicted criminals, lets hear your input on that.
    Gonsalves you have encouraged people to own the jobs, you never said they had to be capable, in fact just the opposite, to late now to complain after replacing NDP workers with members of the Unity Liars Party. How did a taxi drivers with absolutely no knowledge about fish, become manager of a fish market, it isn’t just the fish that stinks.
    You can’t change the system that you encouraged, the mould is cast. Under your regime there are many square pegs in round holes.
    Gonsalves you certainly have reformed the public service, you have shown them how a professional liar operates, what do you expect from them. You have badmouthed people, calling them disgraceful names, you have given disgusting gestures, and told many lies.
    These people are after all of your so called dunce class, isn’t that what you call such people?

    Sorry got to run, on the 10.30 flight, daughters waiting.

    Posted by Peter | February 28, 2012, 20:11
  6. By the way I am going to buy you a pogo stick, hold it between the cheeks of your enormous arse and see if you can bounce back to popularity, watch out for the splinters

    Posted by Peter | February 29, 2012, 17:51

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