Turks and Caicos Islands to Cut Civil Service

According to a Caribbean360 report, those whose services will be terminated are those whose positions are now under question, including those who were appointed arbitrarily and without due process.

It further informs that the decision to send home an unspecified number of civil servants was announced in a statement recently-issued by the government which said a thorough review of the public service payroll has revealed that there are a number of waged positions in which persons are currently employed and for which there are no budgeted allocations.

“The justification for the creation of these positions was not always clear and in some cases, appointments appear to have been made arbitrarily, without following due process. In others instances, posts initially created on a short term basis have been extended without good reason, often by years,” it said.

“After careful consideration it was decided that positions falling outside the budget allocation should be removed and the services of persons holding such positions ended with effect from 31 May 2011.Exceptions would be made only where the relevant Permanent Secretary is able to present a strong business case to retain any of these positions.”

The government said that it was unfortunate that the action had to be taken, especially coming in these challenging economic times.

However, it said that had official procedures been followed under the previous government, it would not be necessary now to put those workers on the breadline.

“Sadly, this is yet another issue arising from the legacy of maladministration inherited from the previous government and which we are now obliged to address,” it said.

Under the General Rules of the Turks and Caicos Islands Public Service the affected employees would be entitled to two weeks before termination of services. However, the government said that recognising the need for those persons to make financial or other adjustments and to prepare for this transition, it chose to give a notice period of six weeks.

It said that benefits due to those concerned will be paid in accordance with their terms and conditions of service.

(Major portions of this article were incorporated from a Caribbean360 release)

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