Pay Increases for Public Servants Put Off by The Outgoing FNM Government

22
2004
The Cabinet with NO DAMN SHAME!!! The Philistine you now see in office will soon be VOTED OUT!!!

Nassau, Bahamas — Reports coming into Bahamas Press tonight suggest the Ingraham government cannot keep its word to Public Servants, and thus all the noise about pay increases will not come before school opens.

The move by the government is not good and according to workers in the OPM, its ‘pay delay’ decision will deliver a dangerous backlash to the outgoing Free National Movement Government.

Sources in the ministry of finance tell us, pay increases due to all public workers in July will now be deferred to October.

BP believes the payout is intentionally set before a November General Election.

“Communications were sent out to all departments informing them of the delay. Surely, we believe this is to allow the payout to be made just before a General Elections. However, the Ingraham government should note, there is no way this will sit well with the thousands of public officers who have not had an increase in five years.

“In fact, we can see that in certain departments like Customs, salaries have been slashed under this administration and workers sent home; some branded as ‘THIEVES’ by the FNM!” a public officer in the OPM said.

“With this announcement, public officers will now have to rethink that vacation and others who planned for back to school would have to realign their budgets. Boy, a FNM promise is truly a comfort to a fool!”

BP has been advised only eligible public officers who are due an increment may receive such at the end of July pay period.

Sources also say, no announcement to promotions has yet been handed down from the Cabinet. Promotions for scores of public officers have been delayed for years. Only a relative of the Prime Minister has been promoted within the public service.

However, according to an irate public officer in the ministry of health, “This FNM government isn’t worth horse manure. They rally us up about pay increase to juice up the budget all to make to make it sound good; all to body slam us down on the ground. Don’t give me my money this month and boy…I will wash my hand like Pilate on the FNM.”

22 COMMENTS

  1. It is so sad that some of us are not thankful for a job and a stable government . He (The PM) and his government and the Lord took us through the recent recession and many of us, like earlier writers said still have a job. I am a civil servant and I listened to the budget communications (salary and increments info.) many times. Especially when it came to teachers and he ( The PM) did not say he will pay any salary increases in July. We need to take a history lesson from our neighbours to the south (Turks) and see what it means when a government rapes the people and the country. Then compare it to our government today. If you put the wrong person in power …. we may experience “Hell on earth or Hell in the Bahamas”….. Be grateful Bahamians and think before you talk, research, listen and then speak. The bible says be slow to speak and quick to listen . I am a civil servant and I know I’m blessed. Blessed to be Bahamian bless to be under a wise and decisive government leader.

  2. It is so sad that some of us are not thankful for a job and a stable government leader . He and his government and the Lord took us through the recent recession and many of us, like earlier writers said still have a job. I am a civil servant and I listened to the budget communications (salary and increments info.) many times. Especially when it came to teachers and he did not say he (PM) will pay any salary increases in July. We need to take a history lesson from our neighbours to the south (Turks) and see what it means when a government rapes the people and the country. Then compare it to our government today. If you put the wrong person in power …. we may experience “Hell on earth or Hell in the Bahamas”….. Be grateful Bahamians and think before you talk, research, listen and then speak. The bible says be slow to speak and quick to listen . I am a civil servant and I know I’m blessed. Blessed to be Bahamian bless to be under a wise , decisive government leader.

  3. All these people who are saying “Awh you should be grateful to have a job” are the one’s with a sensible salary. We are not asking for much ya know just enough to be able to live comfortably like yall!!! $1,500 is change in this world where the cost of living is so high!

  4. I agree with the part of K. Evans comments when he highlighted the fact that civil servants were retained on jobs during the recession, even when all the economic indicators justified reductions in staff size. The FNM has been generally considerate in this regard (if nothing else – and “yes” there are stories where persons were selectively sent home/contracts disengaged by the FNM by using the economic difficulties “excuse” to do so – and I absolutely disagree with that aspect of their conduct).

    There is still no compelling reason for the public to endure the “service” given at government offices while thousands (literally) of educated, talented, experienced and ready to work Bahamians can’t find jobs (and I think that is the key point made by K. Evans).

  5. People have this perception that CS are lazy which in some cases is true but you have some of us that really like what we do and are dedicated to what we do and what happened today is a slap in the face to us. How could you say you’re going to do A and flip flop and do B this is not right! Some of us haven’t seen increments in years, haven’t been rewarded anything and never get recognition for the hard work put in. Mr Ingraham and the FNM have now put together an election scam where they are going to rape the bahamian treasury of 25M to spend on dummies that cant read and write just for election votes. This is BS and Mr Ingraham we are putting you and your wutless government on public notice come 2012 when you ring the bell we ga’ FIRE yall and roll yall out! Tired ah this wutless government!

  6. To Janice Miller.At least you have a job,Miss Miller.There are over 30 thousand unemployed Bahamians who wish that they were in your position.Rather than gripe about not getting the promised lump sum payment this month,thank God you have a job to go to every weekday morning.At least you can carry home a salary to your family at the end of every month.In regards to a hospital,no Bahamian government has ever built a hospital in this country.Not one.The Princess Magaret and the RAND Memorial in Freeport were both donated by private citizens.I believe that the FNM government will keeps its word and give the civil servants their money.Frankly,I am fed up with these unions bickering over money and promotions within the civil service.The private sector has borne the brunt of this devastating recession,not the civil service.Government workers have been shielded from the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.They should be grateful that they still have a job.

    • Fully agree Kevin Evans, as a civil servant myself, we really are the most ungrateful group of people in this region. Its like the more we get, the more we feel we are entitled to. I blame the unions for this mentality that many of us have. Always preaching of employees rights, what about the employers rights? Start preaching to these lazy union members to give a full days work for a full days pay!!!! Preach to them on how Blessed they are to be apart of the civil service and how thankful they should be that throughout the ression they remained salaried when hundreds, if not thousands were sent home.
      My fellow civil servants, lets be more thankful for what we have because there are persons in the private sector who would go to great lenghts to be where we are and would do it for alot LESS.

  7. No one should be surprised that the FNM government delayed the increases in pay.

    With the implementation of the $25 million temporary worker program this month and August, the government cant do that and give the civil service their increase because they dont have the money now.

    The plan was all along to do the temporary worker program first then pay the civil service afterward.

    People wake up, the government is broke. Right now they cant do 2 things at once because they dont have the money. They raise taxes to the highest level in the nations history and they still broke!

    Wake up Bahamians.

  8. A bribe is only that if it is used to influence some wrong doing and the acceptor allows it to sway their actions.This method of gaining votes must be discouraged but I cant see so called Leaders encouraging voters to sell their souls for their entitlements.Since the money is due to civil servants they need be reminded that whenever they do in fact get the money they must still vote their conscience.

    • But TiaMaria what does get us is this, the man cannot keep his word on nothing! he told Parliament months ago he will come back to deal with the corruption in NIB, a ministry under his portfolio. You see Papa come back to the Parliament on NIB yet? It is like his government has fallen into a coma and cannot wake up.

      BP

      • Let me tell u something media Hubert cannot talk about nib corruption he knows everything that happens there but after this elections a commission of inquiry will be call Dereck Osborne always use to talk about administrative cost I will wait to see what is the administrative cos for the board this year Cargill has spend more money in three years then McCartney has spent in ten years cargills management team does not know what it cost nib to put on festival in the work place media u need to get on the ground in there and find out what is going on

      • Not sure its a coma, but more like a vegetative state. Their eyes are opened they can hear and see but can’t move a limb. It just surprises me how little self esteem members of his cabinet have. People who are suppose to be leaders in their respective fields and respectable. How can you respect a man who has no respect for you and others. A cabinet minister doesn’t earn that much for you to keep hanging on. Don’t worry though when the ship begins to sink they will be like lemmings.

  9. They mad cause they boy get cut hip last week John Pinder so bad by Customs and Immirgration, so they will not give them that money, another way to supress the people and send them a message that if you did not vote for them you would suffer,HMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. This is a big shock to the Public Sector, as most people were expecting increments at the end of July, especially those of us who got cought up in the freeze last year.I am of the view that if provisions were made in the 2011/2012 budget then the monies should be paid don’t stall the process. last July i did’nt get an increment and now you telling me that I won’t get it this July and i was not at my bar? The Department of Public Service is a big let down to Public Officers. You can’t get any information from them. They don’t know nothing, personally I think a circular should have been sent out indicating what to expect because they know the hype is on, but what can you expect when you have a bunch of lost personnel officers working up there including the PS in charge who don’t know crap. This is why they need to put people in place who would be able to explain what is going on and what to expect. everybody mouth muzzled from the Ministry of Finance to the Treasury to DPS, no one can explain anything. They are a bunch of lost people. we need to vote this government out them out so all those lost ones especially those in DPS can be gone.

    • Read the article carefully now, according to our source, some who are entitled to an increment will get it at the end of july. that does not involve the entire lot.

      BP

  11. I THOUGHT THAT THE MONIES THAT PAPA GOT FROM THE 51% SALE OF THE BAHAMIAN OWN BTC WOULD HAVE BEEN USED TO ASSIST IN PAYING OUT WHAT THE GOVERNMENT OWES TO PEOPLE OR ?.THE BAHAMIAN PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE HELL PAPA DID WITH THE 210 MILLION DOLLARS THAT HE GOT FROM CABLE AND WIRELESS.THIS IS ELECTION TIME,THIS SIMPLY MEANS THAT PAPA WILL DO ANY THING WITH TAX PAYER’S MONIES JUST TO WIN VOTES.I BELIEVE THAT PAPA IS USING THE MONIES THAT HE GOT FROM C&W TO GIVE TO HIS FNM GENERALS TO CREATE JOBS SO THAT THE FNM CAN GET MANY VOTES IN THE UP COMING GENERAL ELECTION SO THAT HE CAN BE RETURNED TO OFFICE.
    THIS IS SO SAD THAT NO FNM MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT CAN TELL THE BAHAMIAN PEOPLE WHAT PAPA DID WITH THE 210 MILLION DOLLARS THAT HE GOT FROM C&W.THE QUESTION IS,DID PAPA GOT ALL OF THE 210 MILLION DOLLARS FROM C&W? HEAVEN KNOWS!.THIS IS THE GENERAL ELECTION TIME,SO PAPA IS GIVING TAX PAYER’S MONIES TO HIS GENERALS.DID YOU SEE THE CATCH? GENERAL ELECTION= FOLLOWERS NEED MONIES(FNM) OR GENERAL ELECTION=GENERALS NEED MONIES.

      • Media, I know you don’t read the dutty toilet paper, but please take a look at all the comments on their cover story. We are a country that is completely gone. The government didn’t fall into a coma, they signed a deal with satan! They will continue to treat us the way we are being treated. No voice in our so-called democratic country. To drive this country into the ground is a sign of a truly demented government. All that we have been blessed with, what a shame. You reported and we have decided, it’s time for all of them to go.

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