CHIEF EXECUTIVE Officer of the Public Sector Transformation Unit
(PSTU), Patricia Sinclair McCalla, is pushing for speedy implementation of
pension reform and adjustments to leave entitlement within the public
The PSTU head told members of Parliament's Public Administration and
Appropriations Committee recently that the issue of pension and leave
entitlement could be introduced immediately.
"What it needs is a policy decision by the Cabinet to move the process
forward in terms of some of these critical issues," she explained.
She observed that pension reform had been going on in the Ministry of
Finance for the last four years.
"What we are saying, anybody that you employ as of January 1, 2011, there
should be the understanding that you are coming on 15 days' leave, five days'
casual leave or three days, 10 days' sick leave - standard. Everybody who is
employed (would) join the public service on a contributory pension-scheme basis. That, for me, cannot be
rocket science for us to just implement," she stressed.
The PSTU CEO said that public-sector wages, which represented 11.75 per cent
of gross domestic product, did not take into consideration
outstanding leave to public-sector workers.
"We are just now executing the exercise in terms of the public-sector census,
and I am telling you, the accumulated leave is phenomenal."
Commenting on other critical recommendations in the Public Sector Master
Rationalisation Plan, the PSTU head said the unit met recently with the National
Works Agency to discuss how space could be better utilised within the public
Bemoaning the extraordinary sums spent by some public bodies for rental,
maintenance, and parking, Sinclair McCalla questioned: "Do we need to have the
size offices that we currently occupy? I don't think so. These are things that
can be done immediately; you don't need to wait on a green paper to act."
In the first phase of the transforma-tion exercise, particular ministries,
such as finance, the Cabinet Office, and the Office of the Prime Minister would be targeted first because they form
the basis of change.
According to Sinclair McCalla: "Those ministries must be looked at
holistically in terms of their vision, mission, mandate, their core functions.
What are the core skills and competences that are required?"