PM Skerrit promises mechanism for public officers to express themselves

PM Skerrit speaking at his swearing-in ceremony

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said his government plans to put a system in place for public officers where they can express their concerns on matters affecting them.

He made that statement during his swearing-in ceremony held on the weekend.

Skerrit was re-elected as Dominica’s Prime Minister for the fourth consecutive term following the general elections held on Friday 6th December 2019.

“I believe that we need to put a system in place where people who were aggrieved by the actions [taken] by the administration of the public service, have an opportunity for their cases to be heard,” he said.

“I understand they can write to a public service commission,” he continued, “but the cabinet, I believe, needs to take a keener interest in the welfare of the public servants/officers and to provide them with an avenue where they can express their concerns and if they feel that they are being unfairly treated, they can be given an opportunity to be heard.”

The prime minister said there are too many of those complaints going around some of which are legitimate.

“I don’t think it is fair for us to pretend that it is not happening,” he stated.

Prime Minister Skerrit said he intends to deal with this frontally, “whether it is in the police force, nursing or teaching, or in the administration of the public service, we have to find a mechanism to address that.”

He expressed concern about people acting in a position for several years, “the idea of people not appointed for 15 years, they do not know whether they are coming or they are going; they cannot go to the bank and get any sizeable loan to build their homes; they are unable to assist their students studying because their tenure of work is uncertain.”

The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) has been in a battle with the government of the day over salary increase and other benefits for public officers. The DPSU has indicated that the government’s offer for the triennium under negotiation is “zero, zero, and zero” which the union has flatly rejected.

In recent times, public officers including nurses, teachers, and police officers took to the streets in protest action in the hopes of having their voices heard.

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39 Comments

  1. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    December 14, 2019

    The only thing the subjects can do when there is royal family rule and they are living under a monarchy is to “express themselves” when the ruler and king has all the say in their lives. Their opinions do not matter, hence the situation in the Dominican monarchy. There is no need for elections in a monarchy when you have one person rule for life and the treasury is being drained by yours truly the king for his personal benefit and enrichment fooling his subjects all the time.

  2. Casio
    December 13, 2019

    So that they can be victimized. Sure. Im not a fool. and i know how you operate. They are expressing themselves already and only votes makes a difference.

  3. Hmmm
    December 13, 2019

    DNO. You are not posting my comments 8-O Why?

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  4. Galileo
    December 12, 2019

    You don’t need to go there. This is the lowest you have taken yourself in this thing. DNO I am also very disappointed in you for publishing thing. ……………………………………………

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  5. Huh?
    December 12, 2019

    Huh? So you mean to tell me Civil Servants are not satisfied with you and it was reflected in the votes? Glad to know you reviewed the ballots already? OMG! Then how did you get 23K+ votes? I’m reading you loud and clear. How long have you been in government again? You sound like you’re new to this office and cleaning up your predecessor’s mess. Just know that some of us actually think and analyze gabbage or sense when we hear or read it. It seems you know exactly which Civil Servants didn’t vote for you. What more confirmation do you need? What’s next? Victimization?

  6. No more DPSU?
    December 12, 2019

    Where is Mr. Letang?
    Look Skerrit want to be union leader for public servants.

  7. viewsexpressed
    December 12, 2019

    PM Skerrit promises mechanism for public officers to express themselves

    My people , this is a scam, run away from it, deny, abandon it, like we have abandoned that fake Scam of Skerrit. We do not trust this latest bobol scam you are wanting to put on us. You may th9ink that we are that stupid as you are in your fake politics and Red Clinic abuse of our poor vulnerable people. Skerrit Go to Hell, Go to Hell. it is none of our Damn business Go get a job that really suits you. Leave us alone, Just leave us and go Mind your dirty Funky Business” Just leave us alone. Come on Skerrit, sing alone: “Where you from, who are your friends, what’s your business, who you calling, who you fooling – Man go mind your Funky-corrupt Business, just leave us alone, leave us alone, and Go mind Your Funky failed devious Business. Good Bye., You have failed us and abuse our state limited resources. You created that corrupted Red Clinic just that people will see you as this “Whatever”, but you are…

  8. viewsexpressed
    December 12, 2019

    “PM Skerrit promises mechanism for public officers to express themselves”
    Skerrit, “Go to Hell, Go to Hell – It`s none of our damn business.
    You seem to looking or fame and friends. Well. your friends are well positioned and located within that Corrupted, failed Labour Party of yours.
    While people were expressing themselves during the election period they were called all kinds of names including the fear that hey will lose their jobs if that failed Skerrit get to know who they voted for. Well, I did not vote for this fake, incompetent, failed, immature Skerrit. He is a serious liability to our Dominica. We need an account for this past election and where did all this money come to have over 10 planes chartered to bring in and return home from other islands people you made arrangements for to have then come vote for you. This failed incompetent Odd Minister. That is how you must be called and referred to from now on, because that is who you are and that`s what you display…

  9. Galileo
    December 12, 2019

    Mr Skerrit, I am hoping that all of these promised changes will come as they are significant for bringing the country into the light of the modern world. All the things that you have promised this is you last chance to fulfill those. Dominicans has kept faith in you for this long and you ought to deliver. If you can’t be honest and come to us to say so and we will decide where we go from here.

  10. Awaiting your response
    December 12, 2019

    There are many labourites who wish Skerrit would fire everybody who are/were demanding increased pay and give the jobs to them instead and to their children, because “not enough jobs in the country” or ” no new jobs in the country”.
    Labourites, I am going to ask you a few simple questions, are you ready? Why don’t you have your own job? Why don’t your children have jobs?
    Why do you think there are no new jobs in the country? 8-O
    I’ll wait.

  11. December 11, 2019

    To the followers of the United Workers Party, you continue on the same path as your Leader, where you left off for the result of the general election.

    All you continue to not acknowledge the distaste from God, pertaining to your conduct.

    But as long as you all go on to walk that path, the more you all will be rewarded with disappointment.

    Throughout the past 5 years, all you placed your confidence in a leader who was leading you all astray. As he went his own way, all you followed him; even when all you knew he did wrong and acknowledged his wrongdoing

    Now God has spoken again, by His people of Dominica, who maintains great reverence to Him.

    Just a few days later, all you & your leader are back on the same path with the same dirty, ugly, dark, and disrespectful mentality.

    But give thanks to a God of Love, full of mercy and compassion, He will forgive all of you, for He knows that all you do not know what you all are doing. What a pity!

    • Labor power
      December 13, 2019

      You are such a hypocrite…. And a fake Christian… You have the audacity to even thing that laboir party is a gift from God… N that this Skeeritt regime is innocent… Lady go read your Bible n goo find yourself.
      Hope you listened to the prophesy of the same guy who use to prophesy for labour….
      Go find the lord, whoever you maybe…..
      God is not mocked…..
      Ohhhhhhh God has spoken, yeah right… God willl surely speak.. When that happens no hidding place.. After the Warning from Maria you all labourites were like saints including Dominicans.
      God is watching… God ain’t ready for you allll yet……

  12. Alibaba and his forty thieves
    December 11, 2019

    Alibaba and his forty thieves stole the election again and here is how it happened.:
    According to the final election report the DLP got 23 ,441. Out of that amount 8, 257 of them came from Dlp stronghold of v/case,paix Bouche, cottage, possie, Grandbay, Soufriere & Cottage.
    So eleven constituencies determined the election: the four Roseaus, Laplane, Morne Jaun, castle bruce, Salybia, Wesley, St. Joseph and Pettitte Savanne. From the eleven constituencies DLP got 12,859 votes while UWP got 10191 votes, a difference of 2668 votes. Though Badwill and the DASPA lied to us about the amount of people that came to vote, yet he told us is only 2717 people that came to vote. So just going by Badwill number the DLP stole the election as confirmed by Badwill and DASPA

  13. Democrat
    December 11, 2019

    The Constitution already makes provision for such a facility in the office of the “Parliamentary Commissioner” or Ombudsman which is yet to be instituted.

    What the country needs to strengthen its fledging democracy, is to empower its State institutions not their replacement by parallel Party organs.

  14. Views Exposed
    December 11, 2019

    Thanks PM only the big Blue Flies are bussing. Listen to the parrots 🦜 and malpup 🇫🇷 followed by ugliness %, then blind looking, yes brain damage uttered, what! Too late! We are not responding . Bye 👋🏾 Bye ITS OVER (5+)

  15. "Hungry Hyenas"
    December 11, 2019

    I, as a private citizen DO NOT recognize Roosevelt Skerrit as no Prime Minister. I don’t care about what OAS, CARICOM or others say about the so called election that we know was not fair and not free. In fact if the OAS and other observers conclude that the bought and stolen election of Roosevelt Skerrit was free and fair, then I call on the OAS and others to accept the election of Nicholas Maduro of Venezuela because surely, as bad and as fraudulous as his election was, what we just saw here in Dominica on December 6, 2019 was FAR worse than that of Venezuela. Skerrit and his Hench men STOLE the election BIG TIME and if we are going to put this down as democracy or, say Skerrit was democratically elected, then we sure made a mockery of democracy! In the first place after the Al Jazeera documentary, which exposed the corruption of Roosevelt Skerrit and his DLP gang, the police and president should prevent those guys from the election. I am sorry I can’t recognize Skerrit as PM

  16. Lord help us.
    December 11, 2019

    Everyone should leave the country and let Skerrit Melissa and his criminals stay there!!!!

  17. December 11, 2019

    Please, do not follow the PM’s advice, trust me. He wants to undermine the unions and make other institution powerless. It is like going up to his office to beg for a hand-out on wednesdays but even worse so. If you make and look yourself too smart you will be like a competitor of him, a threat to be eliminated. See what happen to Isaac Joseph. And if you disagree with him you are a traitor. If nothing else he will use it to divide us all further. Best you tell him nothing because after all he ithinks he is a genius himself already.

  18. Donaldo
    December 11, 2019

    WOW! A PM OR AN AM? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  19. Really?
    December 11, 2019

    :lol: So the “troublemakers” will just make it easier for you to victimize them?

  20. petyboo
    December 11, 2019

    Pure rubbish……there is already a system. The management of the human resource of the Public Service has nothing to do with Cabinet. What is it more public officers need to now put back down for redress. Mr. like you MASH up the country the is just a continuation of your MASH up methods. You seem to really be gravitating outwards.

  21. Big Stone
    December 11, 2019

    It truly baffles me the way this man continues to speak as if he and his government haven’t been in charge of policy making in this country for almost two decades now.

    “The idea of people not being appointed for fifteen years…” he says. What?!!! The nerve! What have you been doing for the last 19 years, Mr. PM. Sleeping on the job? I just don’t get it. I don’t understand why we continue to believe this man’s promises when he’s proving time and again that they are empty. Right now, Dominican’s, we should be at the point where we want to hear no more talk and see action.

  22. magway ca
    December 11, 2019

    thats his way of getting people to complain so he can pinpoint the people and then target them. you public servants will be fools to use such a system. you all will just get targeted and victimised even more.

    arent you the same man that stated that you will appoint all those that not appointed?i think that was a few years ago you said that you were going to appoint all of them.

  23. Bring back the kidnapped Dominica parrots
    December 11, 2019

    More and more people born on Dominica will soon be leaving, soon the only people left will be foreigners and international criminals.

    • December 11, 2019

      @Bring back the kidnapped Dominica parrots: Leaving to go where? To the places where they stuck in a bigger mess, not able to get out of it?

      Perhaps you do not know that the bigger, greater, and richer a country the harder it can be to survive–for the rich people, they never have enough to satisfy their needs, their demands are the strains of everyone who is weaker than them –happiness, joy, and peace do not come from money, they are the free substance from God, who gives us Life.

      So if that is the reason you believe that people are leaving Dominica to go to the land they think is greener (with money), big mistake!

      Money is not served on a silver platter to no one! Wherever and whoever they are.

      People have to be determined to make a Life for themselves, wherever they are; their reliance has to be on the Power of God alone, for He is the one who has planned our Life from the day we leave our mother’s womb.

  24. Bring back the kidnapped Dominica parrots
    December 11, 2019

    Dominica does not need a government they have yours truly king and ruler for life.

  25. Satan is a LIAR !!!
    December 11, 2019

    Oh my God deliver us from Satan, the Evil one, who Jesus also als6 referred to as the liar, the deceiver, the thief, the murderer, the destroyer of everything good according to John 10:10. In fact we in a political charged environment let me quote the passage so we could see I am referring to Satan of the bible and not about any man “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill , and to destroy”

    • December 11, 2019

      @Satan is a LIAR !!!, if you are suggesting that PM Skerrit is from the devil, then you are denying God His authority over mankind, and you are asking him to deliver you? How can that happen?

      What you have done above is blasphemed His work, if you think that your word is great then you are very foolish because no one makes anything great apart from God.

      King David ruled over ancient Israel for 40 years, he was not a “perfect king” God did find disfavor with him, but he was a humble king, who acknowledged his faults, very bad faults too–that is the person in PM Skerrit that his enemies cannot see.

      If you want deliverance from God, you will have to accept His work from His appointed servant–who is Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in Dominica. If you do that, you might even find out that you do not need deliverance at all.

  26. Ibo France
    December 11, 2019

    This shady guy who was fully exposed as a very corrupt man by Aljazeera wins election by using millions of dark money. The problem is that the country remains steadfastly at ground level. Dominica is the worst managed country is the Eastern Caribbean highly possibly in the world.

  27. Ibo France
    December 11, 2019

    Who still believes this notorious LIAR? Before you fall for another of his alternative facts just remember the airport, replacement for ROSS, geothermal energy, etcetera. The man is infamous for his hyperbole and corruption. Don’t believe one word uttered by this cimpulsive LIAR not even ‘is’ and ‘the’.

    • December 11, 2019

      @Ibo France: “just remember the airport, replacement for ROSS, geothermal energy, etceter”

      First of all “etceter” is wrong, the correction is “etcetera”

      Now, you all do not understand the work of “hope” and as you accept the negative seeds of your mind, the fruits, will be negative.

      “Hope”, it is a gift from God that we must speak out in order to see its physical production.

      And don’t you tell me that no hope of PM Skerrit’s mind, which he spoke, has never manifested, that is not true, and you know it.

      Hope is from God (it is spiritual); He wants us to speak it out before He causes it to manifest physically. PM Skerrit may not even know of that

      For example, God gave King David the hope to build the Temple, but Solomon, his Son, was the one who built it. David ruled Israel for 40 years

      PM Skerrit, as God’s servant, may receive many hopes to speak out God’s glory, but some of them could show physically through another PM. Who knows?

      • Ibo France
        December 12, 2019

        Liz, you are truly losing your marbles. When was the last time you visited a psychologist? I clearly wrote ‘etcetera’ and you asserted that I wrote ‘etceter’ which is not true. You are becoming as dishonest as your demigod. The word could be also spelt as ‘et cetara’.

  28. %
    December 11, 2019

    What makes this con artist most dangerous is not just his diabolic propensity to lie at all cost, but he does that with a broad smile on his face, reasons why I more often than not, use the word ‘evil’ to describe him…
    Oh what a Misleader!!
    With you Skerrit as PM public officers will always be aggrieved.
    Skerrit
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?

    • U
      December 12, 2019

      Poor pity % you cannot wait for the next FIVE years to be PM. What a lifetime that is! In the mean time the trees of hatred and envy are consuming all your energy.

      • %
        December 12, 2019

        @U
        My friend, I have no political aspirations..
        I am a Dominican voter who dislike DLP corruption, but you must be an illiterate or a dullard to relate me to one aspiring for PM.
        Garbage!
        Skerrit
        Whey is di money?
        Whey is di money?
        Whey is di money?

  29. Ahab
    December 11, 2019

    Pure hogwash, drivel, and utter rubbish. Dominicans get yourselves familiar with Ahab and Jezebel, when you have done that, please reflect on what you have sanctioned for our beautiful country. Of course God dealt with Ahab and Jezebel by doing to them what they did to others. Time will tell.

  30. Braindamage
    December 11, 2019

    Now they have to write to you about their complaints.
    No protest… no strike.. no demonstration.
    If is 0% given, they have to accept it and then go to suck salt….

  31. Looking
    December 11, 2019

    Classical socialism/communism.

    • Me
      December 11, 2019

      Worse than that, unadulterated dictatorship.

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