Morale falls in CS over cuts

| 10/09/2013

(CNS): Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said that he and the civil service management are currently exploring ways to boost morale among government workers after more than a year of cuts and other austerity measures. Despite the resilience of the service, morale “has been weakened”, Manderson said, and it was important that the critical services provided by the public sector were not compromised. Speaking in the Legislative Assembly Friday as he handed the baton over to the new governor, Helen Kilpatrick, Manderson said a great deal of effort and sacrifice over the past financial year in the CS had reduced its size and achieved almost $12 million in savings.

“What is of even more significance is that these savings and reductions in numbers were achieved while offering additional services to the public,” Manderson said. “With the support of the elected government, chief officers and I continue to explore ways to reduce the size and cost of the service, and together we have introduced a number of polices, such as the travel policy, which has already yielded dividends in terms of reducing the costs of official travel. I am grateful for the support of the premier in enforcing this policy,” Manderson added.

In his welcome address the deputy governor noted that Kilpatrick had “unique knowledge and experience” that was going to be of “great benefit” to him and his public sector team and her willingness to share her knowledge and expertise was welcomed.

“Chief officers and I look forward to working closely with you as we continue to build on the progress made to improve the overall performance of the civil service,” he added. “I am very proud of my senior team and the overall talent that exists in the service, which I am sure that you will recognize as you visit the various ministries, portfolios and departments and meet staff.”

Although significant progress was being made in relation to accountability across the civil service, he admitted that more must be done and said he was looking forward to discussing this matter with Kilpatrick and seeking her advice.

Along with law and order, one of the governor’s areas of responsibility is the issue of good governance and the civil service. As such, Kilpatrick will be heavily involved in the ongoing changes which will see the public sector shaved down even further in the coming years in order to meet the timetable agreed between the CIG and the UK to get the country’s finances back on track.

However, with government planning a major overhaul of immigration and the obvious pressing need for more staff at the National Development and Workforce Agency to address the growing local unemployment problem, even more cuts will have to be made in other departments to cover those head count increases.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Why is anyone surprised to read this kind of rubbish from Franz? He was a poor choice for this position and he proves it to us on the regular.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree fully with some of the other comments here. In my opinion Franz's comments were in poor taste, out of order and untimely. Instead of exploiting every opportunity for publicity perhaps he should himself work harder and seek to find ways to increase morale amongst his flock. Attempting to force the hand of the new governor to increase salaries is beyond distateful but I am not at all surprised.

  3. Anonymous says:

    REALLY ?? morale is low ?????????


    i know 100 GOOD ,GOOD people who woiuld be glad just to have a JOB !!!!!!!!!!!

    so , get a grip people !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I don't understand how morale can be low when a civil servant can "retire" and collect a pension and a salary at the same time; can be paid to stay at home (indefinitely it appears); pays no contribution to their pension fund (all paid by government), and pays no contribution to their medical insurance (all paid by government – even the whole family is covered).  If I was a civil servant, I'd be pretty chipper about all those perks.

    • Anonymous says:

      We are pretty chipper dear. Very much so. That is jus Franz talkin foolishness again.

  5. Chancellor of the Exchequer says:

    Morale being low is not as bad as getting paid to not perform at a competent and acceptable level year after year. Where is the accountability? 

    Let's examine the status of the government accounts as an example.


    Sadly, the accounts will be no different than what was said last year by the Auditor General. No one should be overjoyed with departments, ministries CFO's, CO's handing in work or accounts that cannot be verifed or have a qualified opinion.
    The only way to get a true picture and make sense from years of nonsense and financial mismangement from successive governments dating back to 2000 is for the Cayman Islands  Government led by Premier Alden McLaughlin and the Peoples Progressive Movement who hold a majority of 13 Government members vs 5 Opposition members to produce a set of Audited Consolidated Financial Statements produced by Independent Auditors e.g. PWC, E&Y, KPMG, Deloitte, BDO, Grant Thronton, McGladery & Pullen (all have offices in the Cayman Islands) 
    Finance Minister Archer and his team in the ministry have the best chance to prove that they are different and to start the process of transparency and implementation of sound fiscal management policies and practices.
    If the PPM cannot or do not insure that a full set of audited accounts for the CIG is produced by the end of the financial year it simply means that they are happy to continue the cycle of bad management and are no different from UDP. Those that are not performing should be managed out of the CS or fired for cause.
    Remember your campaign promises and good luck.
    • And another Ting says:

      It is important to note that the newadministrations 1st priority has been that of dealing with the presentation of a National budget for approval by our Colonial Masters, this goes along with the knowldge that they are susbservient for they helped to put them in power, through subterfuge breaking up the previous Government, allegations and charge of theft(later rescinded) more tha unnatural keen observation and involvement with our election process and ballot boxes. 

      The second priority has been to pay back for their support obtained from the local  Merchant class and the stalwarts of the Chamber all who may have been heavy campaign contributors prior to nomination day, who now must get rewarded, for they refused to to look for replacement labor because they were sure of their influence and payback for their support.

      We dwell in a society where it has become Foreigner against Caymannian, a society where we really have to start standing up for rights, where our leaders have to start thinking keenly on the rebalancong of our economy to benefit all an dnot just some.  Clearly our economic model is tired and worn, and cannot be sustained on 1970's theories and factors but rather on a way forward paradigm, that allows for growth of our people in terms of education growth of industry where there is the ability for locals to own a fair shae of the pie, yet allowing foreign investment to thrive, and that this wealth does not stay at one level but is able to flow freely through jobs and enterprise creation.

      We speak about Sports Toorism, Medical Tourism , Enterprise city an dothers which in theory could provide some of the synergies mentione dpreviously, however these are all pipe deams without studies and analysis of cause and effect on our infrastructure, our costs and the payback if any for the country.

      I would like to see in years to come a group of Caymanians who are sincere and sensitiveto our needs and who know and understand that the only way to survive is to evolve, evolve our economy into a 21st market that benefit those we allow in and those who are permanently here, where crime is minimum and all of our children are given the opportunity to live a good quality of life, whre freedom and human rights are alays respected and where those who come amongst us have no other option but to respect our way of life, our culture and the way we live and govern.

  6. cayman servant says:

    As acivil servant I can tell you that since my salary was cut and then threats of losing my job loom over my head, I don't feel like my job is "my" job anymore. I could care less how I perform it. Besides the public are always criticize us and what do we get when we stick go the extra mile. My heads merely feel the pinch. My next move should be to leave this god forsaken island elsewhere.

    • Anonymous says:

      With grammar as bad as that it's no wonder the CS has a terrible reputation.

    • Anonymous says:

      No one is stopping you leaving…everyone had to suffer during the crash, except for CS and it is just blatant entitlement and jobsworth mentality that you think you could escape now that the much needed cuts are finally coming. If you had any guts, you would be up there working your a$$ off and showing you leaders how things could be improved to ensure you are not one of the ones that is cut.

    • Anonymous says:

      Welcome to reality! What you describe is the real world for many of us working in the private sector so I don't know who you are expecting sympathy from. If you need to move off this Island, so be it, but you better grow up fast and learn that nobody will be there to offer you a pad on the shoulder for a job well done – those days are long gone!  In this day and age private sector makes sure that their employees toe the line cause they have no qualm reminding us a regular bais in a roundabout way that if we don't like what we got, we are free to leave cause there are many other ones out there happy to take over………..

  7. Kadafe says:

    I hope this means that the customer service depts won't become any worse than they are? We know they are the worst at customer service already.. 

  8. Anonymous says:

    For the last time:

    The civil servants, like privat sector, just do their job.

    The problem is caused by politicians and management.

    Firing 25% does NOT solve the problem.

    Getting rid of layers and layers of managers and limiting the political influence will make civil servants work just as efficient as privat sector.



  9. Anonymous says:

    Civil servants are such a self-pitying bunch.  Bet their morale is not yet low enough for them to leave their jobs us it?  Thought not. Shame.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps Franzcould start by explaining how come he keeps giving new contracts to a staff member in his office who is well over 60. He got his job because Donnie had a succession plan and he was the beneficiary.

    Clearly this person who he keeps re-hiring has never had one and needs to go so that a Caymanian can compete for that job.

    • Anonymous says:

      Franz Manderson is a very sensible person who knows a reliable well performing civil servant when he sees one and probably hires the person ( a Caymanian, by the way) you refer to because he knows that person will give him high quality work, on time and without complaint or excuses about why it can't be done because there is not enough time etc etc. Someone in Franz's position of responsibility needs assistance of the highest quality. Why don't you get on with your own job (instead of posting on CNS)  and leave Franz to make his OWN management decisions for himself. Now there's a new thought for you!

  11. Governments Elite Clique says:

    Lets run down again for you Mr. Manderson!!!! Corruption undermines political,social and economic stability,it threatens security and damages trust and public confidence in systems which affects peoples daily lives. Although corruption frequently occurs at local or national levels Its consequences are global, its hidden cost is immense. Two more points for you:-  (1)The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference (2) Corruption has never been compulsory. When civil servants see lackeys and cronies who are clearly incompetent, inept and who's misconduct and unlawful behavior is constantly being rewarded or covered up by those at the very top and civil servants who work hard are intimidated and victimize for speaking out How can you expect high morale? Stop handing out jobs to curry political favor with ya buddies too.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Have Diane Montoya and Debbie Drummond been found jobs yet? If not, why not?  Are we going to keep paying them each $130K a year until they are 60 for sitting home doing nothing? That is the sort of thing that lowers MY morale.

  13. Senior says:

    Private sector complains all the time about government services, and certain recommend reducing the government size. I always say you can't eat your cake and have it at the same time. Reduced numbers means ineffective service for a growing population and as well reduce pay means lost of morale because the pay serves as an incentive. It will also mean more reasons for the private sector to complain.

    • Anonymous says:

      Low morale? As a civil servant I can tell you that low morale isn't about the 3.2% salary cut, as much as it is about the leadership that is in some of thedepartments. Department Heads that are no capable, lack the common grey matter to see outside the box and is more concern with self preservation over anything else. In my dept. my HOD has the maturity of a nine year old, and that when they aren't throwing a tantrum. The staff, with the exception of the few that gather in their office to report on everyone else, has no repect for this hod. They will tell you that this hod is the mean reason for low morale. But if anyone make an attempt to complain, all they will get out of it is being branded a "trouble maker" and will have to deal with the attitude of the hod. The only time this hod act professional is when someone from the Ministry responsible for our dept comes by. NOW that is where and when you see a change in attitude and acting all official and professional!

      • Anonymous says:

        Name and shame this HOD so the matter can be looked into. Send an email to the 'someone from the Ministry'

    • SSM345 says:

      "Reduced numbers means ineffective service" is an assumption on your part.

      Perhaps it could mean getting rid of dead weight gets the job done by those who are actually effective in their positions and can take up the slack?


    • Anonymous says:

      Well, as some services are ineffective with so many numbers, perhaps losing a few of those numbers will make those left more effective and do some work to hold on to their jobs!

    • Anonymous says:

      Cut the CS numbers keeping the good hard working staff, and incentivise them by giving more cash for hitting realistic plans..

    • Anonymous says:

      Bullshit! Reductions have happened across all businesses in the Cayman Islands. At my place of work, many people have been made redundant over the last couple of years, some who have been with their employer for 20plus years. We have not gotten a pay rise in years either. However, we are expected to continue to do our job well and get on with it, cause if we are not, it will have consequences.

      That is where Government and Private Business differ. Government coddles and babies the Civil Servants so they are in shock when reality finally hits. Don't get me wrong, I know and have met loads of Civil Servants who go above and beyond for their jobs, however, there are too many examples of Civil Servants where the service is just apalling and it doesn't have anything to do with being understaffed. In some depts you could hire another 10 people and the service level wouldn't change one bit cause the negative attitude towards the job and the entitlement factor is what gets in the way.

      Also, perhaps if the Civil Servants who are running a business on the side would leave to do that AFTER working hours, they would actually manage to get their full work load done on a daily basis and the service would increase accordingly, resulting in less complaints!

    • noname says:

      Using "qualified" instead of skilled and experianced means ineffective service for every one.  Especially when qualified means get cousin Joey a job and we will vote for you.  Complaining about  terrible customer service in all government services means they give terrible service at any price.  You can't hide the truth from the educated.

    • Anonymous says:

      I could not agree more.  I have worked in the Private Sector for over 30 years and have dealt with many different government departments over the years and honestly I have never had the kind of treatment/response that some constantly complain about.  Sure there have been days that someone was not at their best but if the truth be told, some days I was not at my best either.  I feel like I need to remind you all that Civil Servants are also humans; if you go in their place of business already prepared for battle you will surely have a fight on your hands.  They are Civil Servants but not slaves.  You private sector servants should give as good as you expect from others.  I have said it before and I will say it again, the way you manage your office is also a reflection of how you manage the civil servants and how they react to you.  It seems as if some of you expect them to roll out the red carpet for you when you go there but you need to show respect because how you treat them will deternine how well you will do in your business.  Some of you need to come down from your high horses and mind your manners.  Remember you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.  Do you all really expect to bash them day in and day out then go in to their office or call them on the phone and get a good response.  As I said before they are humans too!! 

      • SSM345 says:

        If we, The Private Sector, acted the way the CI Civil Service does, none of us would be employed in The Private Sector, and that is a fact.

        • Anonymous says:

          We, the Private Sector" etc etc. You are all so wonderful. I wonder why I get such crap service from my bank, insurance companies(nb more than one) CUC, Lime. And let me clarify, when I say "crap service", I mean EFFIN crap service.

    • Anonymous says:

      By any chance do you work for the CS???

    • Anonymous says:

      I disagree and consider your vision short-sighted.  Efficient business processes and systems would make the system quicker,standardised and more efficient, without the need for so many government staff.  The CIG is seriously behind the times.  Living in the past and continuing to treat the CIG like some sort of social service sets a dangerous standard and opens us up to the possibility of bankruptcy in the future, from the pension payouts alone.  The Miller Shaw report already says all of this but the CIG would rather bury its head in the sand and ignore the issue rather than upset many Caymanians working for the very overstaffed CIG.

      • Senior says:

        Ok… but do you have the funds to make the CS more efficient, bring in the technology and systems to replace people?  Note we don't have monies to standardise the CS and bring up to date. Where are we going to get the monies from?  So … the question really is what do we do now?  I don't think cutting the CS (when you need thier best service is a good thing at this time.

    • Anonymous says:

      Ha ha you are funny, but correct – "ineffective service" 

    • Rorschach says:

      I disagree.  There is a acecdote about a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, I don't remember the name, but every year, he cut his staff by 10%, yet his production increased every year..wanna know why???  Because EVERYBODY was on the chopping block…long and short, if you were in the lowest 10% of production, you were GONE..Now, you would think that with cutting his staff by 10% year upon year, eventually he would have fired everyone, but no, he hired new people, but they all knew that they had to produce or they would be a nutshell, his method produced efficiency..and thus profit..

    • Anonymous says:

      You must have been paid to write such rubbish 9:16.  The truth is that if the majority of civil servants would work as hard as the minority does the civil service would be second to none. I am a civil servant and as I look around me each day observing and listening to the unprofessionalism, lack of good work ethic and disrespect I am appalled. In my opinion Franz needs a reality check if he seriously believes that the problem with morale is about the dollar figure. In fact, the majority of my colleagues are quite accepting of the COLA reduction, they understand the need for it. What affects morale is the lack of leadership, being targeted by unprofessionals who have been elevated to positions they are incapable of functioning in, lack of training, traitors who grin in the face and stab in the back, lack of recognition for good jobs done … The list goes on. These are the issues that the Deputy Governor needs to address, not the few dollars we have lost from the COLA reduction. Of course those at the top are losing much more than the poor souls at the bottom rudder so perhaps those are who he is representing in his speech.

  14. Uncivil Servant says:

    Morale is low because incompetence at the top is at an all time high. Imagine having been in a position for 10 years and have to sit back and watch every year while your very same position is filled with young and inexperienced persons receiving a higher rate of pay as a result of years of incompetence from the upper echelons whose "hands are tied' yet are able to find ways to reward themselves and their lackeys. The Civil Service defines bullshit and it is not the fault of the majority of Civil Servants.

    • Bear Baiter says:

      Low Morale? Then why are people (mostly otherwise unemployable) climbing up the walls to get a CS job? The fact is, it's the best-by-far free ride for life going anywhere!!

    • Anonymous says:

      "Morale is low becauseincompetence at the top is at an all time high"

      But they are Caymanian and obviously willing, able and qualified.   Actually being able to do a good job is irrelevant.



  15. Anonymous says:

    Morale???…..get rid of 25% of them….that is what is needed.  The civil service has been a great way to keep a job until retirement without really having to be efficient or get anything done. Just show up some days…..

    Want to see morale and efficiency?…get rid of the ones that are doing nothing. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, but you have to first get rid of the high ranking ones who do nothing (or who spend half their day running their private business on the side). Watch how quickly the little guys are going to toe the line!

    • Anonymous says:

      The CIG pension plans also guarantee a great retirement.  Win win all around for those who work there.  Lose lose for the public purse.  Up and up for the cost of living for all who live in the Cayman Islands.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The staff in the CS need to look at it another way. They are still employed therefore manamement must feel that they are currently worth keeping. So feel good about yourself. Continue to strive to do the best job you are capable of so that if/when future downsizing takes place your managment will still have the same opinion of you. Offer suggestions for process improvements then push to get them considered and implemented. Eventually the rewards will come through promotions.

    • Anonymous says:

      Prove it. thats what people have been doing and we continue to get shafted and dissed. The only ones getting ahead are the ones that are leaving.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why should the CS look the other way when their benefit package for most jobs is 50% of the private sector?

  17. Anonymous says:

    it's not just the cuts.  It's also the continous breaches of the code of conduct of 'being a good employer and an employer that cares' that is demoralising.  Franz needs to hold his senior civil servants accountable to the code and values that are enshrined in the PSML. Unlawful actions must have consequences and justice must be seen to be done.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Everywhere has had staff salary and salary cuts. The CS has been bloated for some time and extreme measures are needed….more to come I fear. Be thankful to have  a job in these times.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Quick!  Give them another pay raise and change their diaper.  Maybe start to hire those who act like adults instead of 2 year olds in the future?  Just try and imagine a WORKING civil service and what that could mean to the island……..

  20. Anonymous says:

    Do the CS and the wider public a favor and stop hiring pathetic excuses for workers! Try getting any services from many government departments and your faced with incompetent and inept people. To name a few….Customs, Immigration, Police, NWDA, HSA, and the lists goes on. All I am trying to say is…….HIRE STAFF WHO WILL BE VALUE FOR MONEY!

    • Anonymous says:

      Wanna see and experience incompetence? Be un-employed and try get help from NWDA…now that's an experience!!!!!! So I agree with your comments,……hire people who will be worth the salary.

  21. The lone haranguer rides again! says:

    There morale would really be low if they had to survive in the private sector, stop whining the CS is the best gig in the Cayman Islands for all those people of average skills and average intelligence. 

    Ouch to rough?

    • Anonymous says:

      Hear hear.  I'm university educated from a big ten school, excellent experience,married to a Caymanian (who is also university USA educated) and we are unemployed!!  (since our expertise is. In the private sector and expats hold our jobs.)  If you have low morale, please step aside! We would kill for a govt job, thank you.

      The Govt has to do something about 20,000 permits! We need MORE Caymanians in the workplace.(Management not dishwashers) before you react with thumbs down folks, I am not suggesting denying current expat permits and sending my fellow North Americans home, but Immigration has to look local and think hard before granting new permits like business as usual.


      • Wayasay says:

        My friend I appreciate your honesty, however the worst thing you did for yourself was marrying and becoming a Caymanian. You one of us now. You have to suffer just like us while a work permit holder fills your and your wife's job. Being likewise unemployed with over 25 years in the tourism industry, I feel for you. To those of you who would suggest that I go take a bartender's job in the tourism industry, because you know, 'any job is better than no job at all" I say I am sorry but I neither drink nor know how to mix a proper drink (I know a little further schooling is what I should have the ambition to do in order to improve my life), I spent my 25 years working up through housekeeping, then front office, then rooms devision, up to management,while achieving my degree in tourism management. So excuse me if I feel "entitled" to fill one of the assistant manager or manager position in at least one of the tourism establishments locally.

        • Anonymous says:

          Its not only the cuts Sir, its the management style of “pounding people into submission.”

          Too many bully's  I say.

    • Anonymous says:

      wow how cruel 22;25 guess its those persons with average intelligence that granted your work permit or the permit for your helper-OMG what were they doing then?  This is normal blame game which we are all tired of hiring. Private sector workers should be shame to talk  about Government workers this way. Ask yourself would you life be without civil servants? Thank you civil servants please do not be deterred by this angry and jealous posters- I am sure half of them are dying to join the winning team at the Civil Service.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Efficiency is the answer. Pay people for a days work and ensure they do a days work. Empower staff to make decisions without having to refer upwards. Maintain correct information. Streamline processes to remove endless printing of receipts and reprints of documents all of which have to sorted and stapled. Do a job right first time and you won't have to keep coming back to fix it. Remove the complaints from the public and that will free up staff to work more effectively.

    It's not rocket science.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Low morale Because you didn't get a 3% cost-of-living increase? Would you have preferred the alternative where you didn't have a job? The reality is the government does not have an endless supply of money and there's a degree of shared sacrifice and having to forgo a 3% cost-of-living increase is hardly much of a sacrifice. Low morale.  Give me a break. Be glad you have a job.

    Manderson sounds more like a union boss rather than a balanced leader.

    • Anonymous says:

      I am sick of him too. Instead of focusing how he can catapule the IT systems and the service levels to the year 2013, he is busy finding ways how to increase morale!

      I am gonna go now and tell my boss too that I don't feel the love and he needs to concentrate for a while on how he could make me feel better!

    • Anonymous says:

       The Deputy Governor's welcome comments to the new Governor are appalling. He is complaining that there have been too many cuts so morale is low? Where does he suggest the money will come from to make him and his team happy again? A cow well in West Bay?  Unlike the rest of us outside of government he is very intimately aware of the financial circumstances of the government. These coments in his welcome address to the new Governor fall woefully short of his position as the most senior manager accountable for the performance of the Civil Service but like some one said rather what would be comments expected from a Union Boss. It seemed clear that he was telling the new Governor she is responsible to fix the situation. So, he is not to blame if the service does not get a pay raise, and if they don't,  his unspoken comment is clear…..don't expect much from us until you pay us more.  And the beat goes on. 

      Since this new government took office some senior civil servants have taken a defensive approach when they speak publicly. Now we hear complaints about how bad things are in their units, offer no hint of plans to do anything save "and the politicans know" (Eric Bush),  Franz now doing the same thing, the new Governor needs to give him advice on how to fix things so the morale can be good again. I guess Eric learned this from Franz right? or the reverse.

      Are these people recieving huge salaries just so they can only tell us and now the new Gov. how bad things are in the service? What exactly is their job? To report and wait for some one else to fix the problem. Are we to assume that a pay raise applied and, they will suddenly start to work hard and get more committed and efficient.. Again?

      And to the Chief Officer in Education, was filling vacant positions a priority of yours this year? Or was manouvering your way into acting as Deputy Governor as many times as possible your priority?   Can I wonder out loud as well why key members of education staff other than classroom teachers also left voluntarily at end of last school year?  Maybe they are the people who had poor morale due to the way they were being treated? The situation at East End Primary is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Keep acting, you do that well…act.

      The public blame politicans for not doing anything/ the right things, making poor decisions etc.  And politicans have their issues for sure.  What we need to remember is that its civil servants who advise ministers, who withhold some or provide ministers with the full package of information and its these same people (Chief Officers) who tell ministers bluntly whether policies they want carried out can be done or not. Its civil servants who do the implementation or not.  So, while Tara and Winston are berated for the vacancy at East End primary and other schools and must take responsibility (they are elected), they don't actually oversee recruitment schedules and monitor progress etc.  They hope and pray that what they are told is actually half true when they ask how things are going. 

      Who will hold senior civil servants accountable? What we know now for a fact is that it has not been and won't be Franz Manderson. He is just one of the senior team and he needs the governor to advise him what to do.  Franz my boy, maybe you should have been more careful with what gifts you asked for so loudly last Friday. Christmas is coming and times are changing too……..


  24. Anonymous says:

    What a joke!

    Lets start with subjecting the expatriate workers in the CS to TLEP. Each post should have to go through the scrutiny of the work permit process, which would identify capable Caymanians to take over from those existing in the CS and be replaced.

    Charity begins at home Mr. Manderson. Why do you have non Caymanian born Chief Officers at this day and age when there is plenty of talent in the CS?

    • Anonymous says:

      20.44- what a joke! Racism begins at home too. It does not matter to you if somebody is competent to do the job, just that they should be Caymanian. Hell, you can't even find Caymanian teachers to teach your own!

      • Anonymous says:

        Well said 6:52! They are so short of "born talent" they cannot even find anyone of any use to replace Carlon Powery in Customs – one of the 100% Caymanian staffed depts along with those other stars Post Office, Immigration and Fire (still no new fire chief).

        • Anonymous says:

          Correction…They don't "WANT" to find anyone to replace Carlon Powery. The Govt needs to stop looking only at qualifications and look at real skills when seeking to fill positions. Unfortunately, so many of these top positions are mired in old school mindsets and the ironic truth is: It's the monkeys working on the lower limbs looking up with the worse view who get all the crap dumped down on them. Oh well…

          • Anonymous says:

            Name one of the staff at Customs who could do the job of Collector, 13:09. Then be prepared to be laughed at by us members of the public who have to deal with  all those senior officers on a regular basis. The one who only just dodged being dismissed? Or the one who runs three (yes, three) businesses on the side? Or the really pleasant one who does virtually nothing? Sorry, bobo, they are an unimpressive bunch. Nice enough,  people though.

            • Anonymous says:

              I say appoint Mr. Ronnie Miller Collector of Customs. My job takes me there constantly and inevitably it is he who is called to sort out any problem encountered. He is a pleasant and competent gentleman and should be seriously considered.

    • Anonymous says:

      What you call talent here we call a joke.  Where are all your "capable" Caymanians running to the East end to fill in the teachers position?  Or are they too smart to be a teacher here?  Don't try to think up an answer.  Everyone with a better than 5th grade education has already figured it out for themselves.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Before it get any better in Cayman it will get worse.  People are out of work, no money and some just scraping thebottom for food.  It is utterly useless complaining to any Government, those previously and those now know exactly what is happening.   It will get worse unless Caymanians who need work is given work.  Imagine, members of the legislative are making such a huge salary for working maybe three days a week.   The rest of the civil service is barely scraping the bottom of their pot to live.   This is terrible how things are being handle.  Civil service need their money back.  I am sorry for this govenor, she will be looking like 80 years old in one year from stress.

  26. Will Ya Listen! says:

    Keep firing them until Morale improves.


  27. Anonymous says:

    Would have to give 95% raise of pay to bring the moral back in Cayman Islands Fire Service..

    • Diogenes says:

      Moral or morale?  Know the Fire Service had those sexual harrasment issues, but I thought that was an isolated incident?

  28. Anonymous says:

    Low morale?  Do us all a favour and quit then.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Well Mr Manderson is it true that a certain statutory head is taking delivery of a brand new truck (yes a truck not a cheaper car) paid for by the public purse and to be fuelled by gasboy card for his personal use? People are willing to make sacrifices to keep their jobs but when crap like that goes on how do you really expect morale to improve?

  30. Anonymous says:

    Morale and confidence among the public that the CS allegedley serve has been even lower for years in view of their ineptitude. Why should the CS be any happier? Efficiency is needed, people actually doing their jobs! (with apologies to the few that really do it well)

    • Anonymous says:

      Srick your apology in your ear. You've already insuled me with the first three sentences of yoru psot. Anther reason morale is low.

  31. Anonymous says:

    this is the usual spin from franz to try and the deflect from the daily stories of incomptence and failures concerning the civil service…..

    the fact is there has been no salary cut….. they had a previous cola increase taken back….. plus the overall head count in all government agencies continues to go up…..

    the fact is that the cost of the civil service is like an anchor around cayman's neck

    • Anonymous says:

      You are an idiot.  If someone gets a COLA increase to their salary and then later it is taken away, that is a salary cut!  Dumbass.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Mr Manderson for holding the fort for 30 days. Over the last 30 days Caymanians were in full control of our islands – we are proud. 

    • Anonymous says:

      You are also something else.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah. The crime situation… with the Governor's office being responsible for RCIP… well, that is a lot to be proud about. Full control and all. Seeing that we heard a statement from "Acting" Governor Manderson concerning the matter and all.

      Who me? Sarcastic? Naaaah!