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The Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU) hopes to have a clearer picture of the extent to which the public sector will be transformed, and the resulting savings that will accrue to the Government by October.

Head of the Public Sector Transformation Unit, Patricia Sinclair-McCalla (left), speaking at Wednesday’s (July 28) post Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House. Looking on is Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz.

Speaking at Wednesday’s (July 28) Post-Cabinet briefing at Jamaica House, head of the unit, Patricia Sinclair-McCalla, said the PSTU’s financial specialist and organisational officers were currently “crunching the numbers” to work out the details of the undertaking.
She pointed out that public and stakeholder consultations, which were to be undertaken, would give the unit some time to crunch the figures.
“We are not just looking at how many (persons) will transition out of the public sector, we are looking at a number of other issues,” she explained. She noted that the PSTU had just completed the public sector census, which showed that there were approximately 113,000 persons in the public sector.
“We will be looking at the cost of pensions; the cost of accumulated leave; the cost of the implication for shared corporate services, and what will be the fallout in terms of consolidation of back office operations, (and how it) will impact on the numbers within the public sector,” she added, noting that these would not be ready within another two-three months.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz (centre), speaking with Head of the Public Sector Transformation Unit, Patricia Sinclair-McCalla (left), during Wednesday’s (July 28) Post Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House. At the extreme right is Transport and Works Minister, Hon. Michael Henry.

She disclosed that protocols and templates, designed by sector employees, had been developed to treat with the change management that would occur, for which a plan had been created.
She also explained that the plan, which had been circulated within the sector, covered a wide area of the approaches to be taken, and the strategies to be employed in the implementation of the transformation process. These include: business and psycho-social counselling, the framework for mergers, public sector training, managing the separation process, procedures for engaging trade unions, and assessing the results of change.
“There is a team comprising human resource directors and they continue to work on how to drill down within the public sector, to convey to the staff some of the plans that are in place to treat with them,” she informed.
Mrs. Sinclair-McCalla, however, stressed the need for a shift in focus from the number of jobs to be lost, to how best the sector’s productivity can be optimised and maximised.
She advised that the Unit had collaborated with the Jamaica Productivity Centre to develop an arrangement, where they can work closely with the various Ministries and Government Agencies and Departments, on increasing productivity through simply re-engineering business processes.
This would entail, among other things, training existing staff to better deliver on their mandate, thereby increasing outputs to achieve more positive outcomes.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, told the briefing that parliamentary debate on the matter was expected to commence during the next session of the House of Representatives, which would start in early September, following the August summer recess.