No Wide-Scale Redundancies in Public Sector – Dr. Phillips

Photo: file Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips.

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  • Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, has reiterated that there will be no wide-scale redundancies within the public sector.
  • He noted, however, that a number of posts within the civil service have been abolished and there are plans to abolish others when they become vacant.
  • The Minister said those arrangements are to be developed in conjunction with public sector unions, and in relation to any public sector transformation measures to be undertaken.

Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, has reiterated that there will be no wide-scale redundancies within the public sector.

“There is no such plan,” Dr. Phillips asserted, while speaking in the House of Representatives, recently.

He noted, however, that a number of posts within the civil service have been abolished and there are plans to abolish others when they become vacant.

“We are allowing attrition to lower the size of the civil service where necessary. And, we are also signed with the trade union agreements, which provide for the development of voluntary redundancy retirement arrangements,” he said.

The Minister said those arrangements are to be developed in conjunction with public sector unions, and in relation to any public sector transformation measures to be undertaken.

Dr. Phillips said that in accordance with the Civil Service Establishment Act of 1975, the Civil Service Establishment (General) Order for 2015, which he tabled,  has been prepared to indicate changes to the Civil Service Establishment General Order  of 2014.

The General Order reflects changes in three areas within the civil service – the established posts, salaries, and abolished posts.

Part one of the document shows changes in the complement of posts in Ministries and Departments. It also reflects changes in posts, for example, reclassification of posts, new posts created, the re-titling of posts, the upgrading of posts and the effective dates for these changes.

A total of 4,234 new posts were created; 111 posts were upgraded; 451 posts were re-classified; 400 posts were re-titled; six were re-instated; one was re-graded; and 221 are to be abolished when vacant.

In part three, the Order shows that 2,564 posts were abolished from several Ministries and departments.

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