Nassau, Bahamas — Bahamas Press is following a developing story unfolding out of the Department of Immigration as officers expressed their disgust of poor management within the department.
Senior officers are threatening to send the Ingraham Government before the courts over a pay dispute, a battle, which will result in another defeat by the government. Readers should note the Ingraham Government has lost every action brought against them since coming to power in 2007.
We have learnt senior officers headed by puppet Director, Jack Thompson, have broken the law by refusing to pay workers their contracted salaries for overtimes and time spent while working on holidays.
“The government of the Bahamas should not be so bold in breaking the law! What we see happening within the organization is this; At times when it is beneficial for the government, they pay the salaries according to contract and sometimes when it is not they refuse to pay according to our agreement. So we are taking the matter to court. What the government is doing cannot be right! What are we expected to do if we are being robbed by the government?” An irate officer at the centre of the dispute told BP.
The bad management by Director Thompson has also resulted in fallout within the department, and has ignited a mass exodus by senior officers. Some we are told, who have served in the government for the limit of 30 years, have requested retirement packages from the government.
“The situation is a messy one at a time when national security is under threat by an influx of foreigners, what we see happening is this; here is a situation where qualified, capable and committed men and women within the department are leaving in droves. It is a testament of the ‘Wutless’ leadership sitting at the top, which displays a disgusting level of incompetence.
A clear example of the breakdown underway in the ministry is with an officer stationed on Bimini. Bahamas Press has leant that officer had made requests of the government to be transferred to Nassau due to his failing health in order to monitor his condition.
“A request was made to the Director in January of 2010 to allow that officer transfer into Nassau. The request was denied. Further following the officer’s six months stay, he made a second request to the Director, again that request to be transferred was denied. This officer has health problems, and the administration is leaving the poor man out in the cold. Completely ignoring his requests,” a source in the department said.
BP has learnt that officer stationed in Bimini has since requested early retirement effective January 10, 2011. He will demit office after serving more than 30 years at Immigration.
“The situation is dire BP, senior officers have requested transfer out of immigration and line staff, and junior officers are set to take the Director and the Minister to court to stop them from “THIEFIN” the workers’ money. There is trouble up in the department, and the house on Hawkins Hill appears to be crashing down. Perhaps BP its the voodoo of some at work,” the source said.
Meanwhile, WUTLESS union boss, John Pinder, has expressed not a pin drop on situation, but sources in the Cabinet Office have revealed to BP the situation in the department is being monitored, and the administration is expected to review Mr. Thompson this year.
In early November sources in the OPM reported that Jack Thompson was the likely candidate for the top job as PS in the Office of the Prime Minister a promotion to say the least. Current PS, David Davis, is set to replace current Cabinet Secretary, Anita Bernard, who is set for retirement.