Friday 4 December, 2020

Duke warns PM: Stop attacking public servants

File: Watson Duke.

File: Watson Duke.

President of the Public Services Association (PSA) Watson Duke has taken Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to task for statements suggesting public servants have not been performing their duties throughout the COVID-19 period.

In a Facebook live video, Duke described the Prime Minister’s comments at a media conference on Saturday as a slap in the face and a disrespect to all hard-working public servants.


The PSA head questioned where the Prime Minister had gotten his report indicating that employees in the public sector have had unexplained absences from work.

Duke claimed that the Prime Minister was paving the way for privatisation of the public sector.

The PSA head challenged Dr Rowley to “lay bare” his report for public scrutiny as he defended employees whom he said have, in some cases, been working under more tenuous circumstances throughout the COVID-19 period.

Duke also called on the Prime Minister to “stop attacking” public servants who have been doing their work.

At the same time, he reminded public servants of their obligations under the Civil Service Regulations as it relates to reporting for work and leaving work.

Duke said employees, unless they have express permission from their permanent secretaries should report for work on time and not leave early.

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