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Contracts in Public Service ‘a concern’


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Contracts in Public Service ‘a concern’
CTUSAB president Edwin O’Neal said the union was not satisfied with how some recent public service contracts were awarded. (Picture by Shanice King)

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President of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB), Edwin O’Neal, says his organisation is deeply concerned about Government’s insistence on filling senior positions within the Public Service through the use of contracts.

Citing as examples those of Chief Agricultural Officer and Chief Education Officer, he said the move could alter the recruitment, appointment and promotional structure of the Public Service.

Speaking at a press conference at the Barbados Union of Teachers’ headquarters on Tuesday, O’Neal said this was an issue raised by his organisation as well as the National Union of Public Workers on multiple occasions in recent months, but their concerns seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.

He argued that this was certainly demotivating for public officers as they were now being denied “promotion on merit”. (CLM)

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