Turks and Caicos parliament disrupted by broadcast technician

Parker, who has responsibility for airing the sessions of the House of Assembly on the government-owned Radio Turks and Caicos (RTC), refused to do his job over complaints of pay and job description, according to Speaker Robert Hall. 

Hall appeared on the RTC midday news report to air his discontent.

“The Parliament cannot be held hostage,” he told RTC, “this is an embarrassment.”

The Turks and Caicos parliament is aired from the territory’s capital Grand Turk across the islands for the population to have an opportunity to hear the proceedings. Hall said that he has referred the matter to the deputy governor for further consideration. 

Recently, the Ewing-led government has encountered disgruntled ministers who made demands concerning portfolios, to which he eventually capitulated with the shuffling of ministries. 

The latest incident exposes what is locally perceived as the serious mishandling of the civil service that has evolved under the Ewing administration. Ewing, a medical doctor, abandoned his former role as director of medical services to lead the Civil Service Association (CSA), promising better times for the service. He later abandoned his position in the CSA, but only after taking a three-month paid vacation to protest the British interim administration, leading a one-man protest over civil servants’ pay and conditions.

However, the promises made to the civil service have mostly been ignored by Ewing while in office, with only recent salary changes after five years of cuts, layoffs and demotions within its ranks. 

Ewing is seen as a weak and ineffective leader, who lords over a party that would rather he leave their ranks. National infrastructure, such as the post office, has been left in disrepair and roads and street signs have deteriorated to third world conditions. 

The recent action by Parker highlights a growing discontent in the islands over the management of the territory by the Ewing administration.




Turks and Caicos parliament disrupted by broadcast technician

Parker, who has responsibility for airing the sessions of the House of Assembly on the government-owned Radio Turks and Caicos (RTC), refused to do his job over complaints of pay and job description, according to Speaker Robert Hall. 

Hall appeared on the RTC midday news report to air his discontent.

“The Parliament cannot be held hostage,” he told RTC, “this is an embarrassment.”

The Turks and Caicos parliament is aired from the territory’s capital Grand Turk across the islands for the population to have an opportunity to hear the proceedings. Hall said that he has referred the matter to the deputy governor for further consideration. 

Recently, the Ewing-led government has encountered disgruntled ministers who made demands concerning portfolios, to which he eventually capitulated with the shuffling of ministries. 

The latest incident exposes what is locally perceived as the serious mishandling of the civil service that has evolved under the Ewing administration. Ewing, a medical doctor, abandoned his former role as director of medical services to lead the Civil Service Association (CSA), promising better times for the service. He later abandoned his position in the CSA, but only after taking a three-month paid vacation to protest the British interim administration, leading a one-man protest over civil servants’ pay and conditions.

However, the promises made to the civil service have mostly been ignored by Ewing while in office, with only recent salary changes after five years of cuts, layoffs and demotions within its ranks. 

Ewing is seen as a weak and ineffective leader, who lords over a party that would rather he leave their ranks. National infrastructure, such as the post office, has been left in disrepair and roads and street signs have deteriorated to third world conditions. 

The recent action by Parker highlights a growing discontent in the islands over the management of the territory by the Ewing administration.




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