Premier Not Forthcoming On Possible Civil Service Cuts

Sherine Williams, Journalist | October 11, 2017 6:02 am MDT
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Anxiety continues to loom within the civil service, as government workers worry about possible jobs cuts due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma over one month ago.

Since the devastation, some civil servants have been reassigned duties.

When asked about the possibility of downsizing the civil service, Premier Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith declined to give a direct answer. Instead, Premier Smith told the media that the government is trying to provide the most essential needs of the territory at this time.

“What we are doing is looking at the needs of the territory and making sure that the services that the government needs to provide are provided, so that all the people of the BVI can benefit,” Premier Smith said.

BVI Platinum News understands that the anxiety among government workers was further heightened yesterday, after some civil servants were given stricter rules that they will have to abide by during the post-Irma period.

Civil servants' salaries for September have also been delayed by a week, by what the BVI government says are technical challenges at the Central Administration Complex.

swilliams@bviplatinum.com
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