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Minister Meets PSA on Modernisation of Public Service
Source: http://www.guardian.co.tt/business/2013-05-27/minister-meets-psa-modernisation-public-service
Source Date: Monday, May 27, 2013
Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Created: May 28, 2013

A meeting between the Ministry of Public Administration and the Public Services Association (PSA) has yielded an undertaking by both parties for continued collaboration and discussion on initiatives related to modernisation of the public service. The meeting at the ministry’s offices provided an opportunity to clarify concerns raised by PSA President Watson Duke on projects currently underway in the ministry.  

 

These include clearing of the backlog of 3,000 outstanding requests for terms and conditions of service for persons employed on contract in the civil service, standardisation of job descriptions for contract positions to ensure equal pay for equal work in similar roles across the civil service and creation of six-year staffing plans to improve the human resource planning process. 

 

In addressing the concerns, Minister of Public Administration Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan emphasised that the modernisation of the public service, referred to as Gold to Diamond, is a major initiative of the MPA. 

 

 

“It seeks to create a citizen-centric public service that will be geared for all our service needs for the entire 21st century and the diamond architecture will facilitate an empowered and innovative organisation with opportunities for new careers This is something public officers are looking forward to as many have up skilled and are frustrated by the lack of promotion opportunities,” she said. 

 

While acknowledging the strides that the ministry was making to improve the public service, Duke stressed that “greater consultation and participation by the Public Services Association is key to moving forward with the Public Service modernization efforts and to protect PSA’s members terms of employment and conditions of service”. 

 

Both emphasised the need for continued collaboration, with Seepersad-Bachan suggesting that one way in which the union could greatly assist in determining the future state of the public service was through its participation in the job evaluation exercise.  The job evaluation exercise is key to supporting the creation of the many new professional streams to the public service.

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