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Another Virgin Islander Oleanvine Maynard being forced out!

- Labour Commissioner is being forced to retire from the civil service
Labour Commissioner Mrs Oleanvine Maynard is expected to be forced to retire from the civil service. The circumstances surroundinmg her forced retirement are not clear. However, in 2012 Minister for Labour Dr. the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (right) told a public meeting that he was behind the removal of Mrs Maynard as Labour Commissioner. "It was my decision. I took responsibility as the Minister and I went to my colleagues...There are too much complaints pointing to the direction of the Labour Commissioner. If you are going to move forward, I have to make a decision to move the Labour Commissioner. I take full responsibility for it," Minister Pickering had stated in public. However, he did not give details of the nature of the complaints. Photo: VINO/File
Many persons have used this as just one of well over 5 examples where a local has been forced out or displaced in favour of a non-national in the civil service since the National Democratic Party government came to power in 2011. Earlier this year former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture Mrs Carolyn O’Neal-Morton (right) was forced out via retirement and replaced by a Jamaican National Dr. Marcia Potter who is married to a local. This move enjoyed the blessings and support of Education and Culture Minister Myron V. Walwyn. Photo: VINO/File/FB
Many persons have used this as just one of well over 5 examples where a local has been forced out or displaced in favour of a non-national in the civil service since the National Democratic Party government came to power in 2011. Earlier this year former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture Mrs Carolyn O’Neal-Morton (right) was forced out via retirement and replaced by a Jamaican National Dr. Marcia Potter who is married to a local. This move enjoyed the blessings and support of Education and Culture Minister Myron V. Walwyn. Photo: VINO/File/FB
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islands News Online’s sources within the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration have confirmed that Labour Commissioner Mrs Oleanvine Maynard is expected to be retired from the civil service.

The circumstances sounding the decision to retire the indigenous Virgin Islander remain unclear as Mrs Maynard would have served less than 6 years in the Labour Commissioner’s post only after being appointed in 2008.

Following the 2011 general elections that saw the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith coming to power, many Virgin Islanders in the civil service have been forced to retire, fired, duties reassigned, transferred, or sent on leave.

Many locals have regarded their displacement in the civil service as political victimisation, double standards and there have been cases where Virgin Islanders have been replaced by expats.  Two out of some five examples in the public sector were in the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Treasury Department.

Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture Mrs Carolyn O’Neal-Morton was forced out earlier this year and replaced by a Jamaican National Dr. Marcia Potter who is married to a local.

Also, former Accountant General Kharid Fraser and her Deputy Anna Rabsatt were forced out from the Treasury Department following the 2011 general elections. Ms. Rabsatt, who acted in the post of Accountant General for a short while, was replaced by an Anguillan national Kalleesha C. Mendie.

Earlier this year, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith told the House of Assembly that the post of Accountant General will be filled by a Virgin Islander.

Mrs Maynard was asked to take outstanding vacation days in 2012 but was never returned to the Labour Department following the ending of the vacation days. She was instead assigned to sit at the Conservation and Fisheries Department.

Hon. Pickering - I removed Mrs Maynard

On January 19, 2012 Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr. the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering told a meeting at the East End/Long Look Community Centre that he was behind the removal of Mrs Maynard as Labour Commissioner.

At the meeting, Hon. Pickering said he went to Cabinet about his decision to have Mrs Maynard removed and that the decision came due to the high level of complaints surrounding her time as Commissioner.

"It was my decision. I took responsibility as the Minister and I went to my colleagues...There are too much complaints pointing to the direction of the Labour Commissioner. If you are going to move forward, I have to make a decision to move the Labour Commissioner. I take full responsibility for it;" Minister Pickering stated in public. However, he did not give details of the nature of the complaints.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour Ronald Smith-Berkeley when contacted about the pending forced retirement of Mrs. Maynard told this news site “I do not have any comments on that at this time”.

However, Virgin Islands News Online was informed by an NDP source that the matter was handled outside of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour and alleged that Mr Smith-Berkeley’s only role “may be to deliver the news to the officer”.

It is this news site’s understanding that Mrs Maynard is on sick leave and is expected to be told this week after a meeting about the decision to force her out of the service via retirement.

Two standards in the Civil Service; Governor gone AWOL!

Many persons, both inside and outside the civil service, continue to highlight the double standards, lack of integrity and credibility of the civil service, by the top brass making the decisions whereby some officers are disciplined and treated unfairly mostly over unproved allegations, while others with proved infractions, a blind eye is turned and the matter is swept under the rug.

Civil Servants and the public have also claimed that the United Kingdom appointed Governor William B. McCleary has not done anything to improve the morale and fair play of the civil service, and has allowed the public sector to become a political body, which has resulted in the displacement of professional officers, most often locals.

One of the many examples of lack of transparency and double standards in the civil service is  the Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald having long passed the government retirement age of 60, but they continue to write letters asking those who have passed or reached that age to retire.

61 Responses to “Another Virgin Islander Oleanvine Maynard being forced out!”

  • long look me come from (16/09/2013, 10:28) Like (10) Dislike (42) Reply
    well sir poor we locals
    • enough (16/09/2013, 10:58) Like (18) Dislike (40) Reply

      Kedrick have Wilson hired for half a million dollars doing nothing for us & he ain't fire him who is a highly questionable character. This man is a dic**tor & thinks he cannot be touched but Jesus is stronger than satan & sin & satan to Him must bow.

    • what a pity (16/09/2013, 11:08) Like (17) Dislike (20) Reply
      This NDP administration has mashed up the public service. We the public servants have no defence against them nor no due process. Most of the now senior staff are full NDP so is the D...G. We are at the mercies of a mercy less ruthless group. The Governor looks like he is afraid of the NDP also. What a pity.
      • HELLO!!! (17/09/2013, 00:37) Like (10) Dislike (37) Reply
        Public servants mash up them own self...they did not need any government to mash them up
  • Kancer (16/09/2013, 10:39) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Here we go again.
    • she the cat mother (17/09/2013, 00:08) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Be humble to each other and take care of each other. Be considerate to each other, treat each other with respect. Take care of yourselves.

  • BAD NEWS SAH!! (16/09/2013, 10:46) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    VINO where's the story on Min. of Education now on his 3rd private secretary under 2yrs of service? This government HAS GOT TO GO!!!!!
  • Ah saw (16/09/2013, 10:50) Like (11) Dislike (13) Reply
    This country don't study what happens to their fellow man until it reaches their doorstep. The NDP will kill us ALL one by one before we get a chance to wake up from the spell they have us under by then we done dead. The NDP even have the churches fool off & they are the ones who most of us looking to for help.
  • Ah saw (16/09/2013, 10:53) Like (10) Dislike (12) Reply
    Henley in court on charges & the NDP made him deputy head at Ports & justifies it but others are guilty once the NDP says so without proof & without giving the person due process. This place is going to erupt soon from the evil of this NDP.
    • Village Girl (17/09/2013, 00:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Any logical human being who knows how to think for themselves knows this government has not been fair to its people. Unfortunately, most BVI residents and bloggers can't think beyond the window of their television sets.
  • Think Tank (16/09/2013, 10:56) Like (23) Dislike (225) Reply
    If you voted a set of island men to power who the heck you all think they will look out for…come on ppl this one it’s rocket science
    • reality (16/09/2013, 12:43) Like (19) Dislike (41) Reply
      Correct me if I'm wrong................but I assume you're a Virgin Islander, so aren't you also an Island man or woman!!!
      • Lb (16/09/2013, 18:11) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
        One of the dilemmas of NDP is they still do not get it as yet that a political party is not a private club or a member of the private sector...stop pushing about our people
    • @Think Tank (16/09/2013, 23:37) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      mehson MVW stop pressing teh "dislike" bottm
  • send help (16/09/2013, 11:04) Like (20) Dislike (59) Reply
    Under the NDP labor is worse than ever. Dont mind the fancy talk & marketing. The labor rules under the NDP only apply for the poor not the rich because they are of tangible help to them. All we poor people do is vote for the NDP after they use the money from them to fool us off. This country coming to a head soon once these guys stay in power.
    • Queen Mary (17/09/2013, 00:19) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      This country is completely insane. …months after months, year after year our people are getting the knife!!!! what will it take for our peoples to ACT and demand a fresh election????!
  • Let's face it (16/09/2013, 11:22) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    In this country once NDP say that you are bad then wether it is so or not then you are bad. Democracy works according to their beliefs of you & so does due process.
    • Stopit (16/09/2013, 12:33) Like (10) Dislike (63) Reply
      Most nearly all the comments here has something to do with NDP. I wonder if one person wrote them all? The time we stay here negatively blogging, take some time to start your research and see who is the real enemy. It is those that distorted our history, did something to make us feel indifferent about where we are from, our culture and hoodwinked us and stole all that was good from our people and lay claim to its creation. Let us see if we cannot forge a bond to unite our people and educate our people about who we really are instead of on hear tearing down each other. If we do not stop, the wool will continually be over our eyes and we will not see what the true enemy is doing to us. I wish to see our children and grand children in a different Virgin Islands, one where we will chart a better course for them and where they can gain self-determination to lay true claim for their ancestors toil. Come, dream with me!!!
      • Missing Link (16/09/2013, 13:32) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply

        Let them continue with their bull$h@#$$ with VIP vs NDP while the real 'tools' continue with their divide and conquer. All this bickering on here while the real deals are going down, by the time they realize what's happening it will be way way too late! Keep up the pettiness and political back and forth. Look around us and see what's going on. I really don't know what is wrong with our people at all. Nobody saying we won't have our falling outs, but in the last 2yrs the level of discourse on the blogs and in the street is really uncalled for. There are people watching on and laughing their a$$es off at our ignorance and our country is slipping away from our grasp. This is not VIP or NDP problem, neither party have a broke man or woman in it, they will be fine. Let's cut the bullsh$% and start taking our country seriously. I done talk!

      • @ Stopit (16/09/2013, 13:46) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
        yea after ayo wicked people done mess up the child life and tek bread out of her mouth and others you all want unity...ayo muss think we eat our books for lunch
        • GoonSquad (17/09/2013, 00:40) Like (0) Dislike (15) Reply
          Maybe if you had eat your book, yo would have more sense because what you just blog is nonsense
      • TO: Stopit (16/09/2013, 18:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Keep us who are thinkers above the level of dumbness and declare that the unity will start with the NDP from being so petty, selfish and victimizing!!!!
  • saying (16/09/2013, 12:28) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    SHE need to stay out how can you put Clorox on a bright pink sheet not if you love that pink sheet you won't. read between the line people
  • ann (16/09/2013, 12:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    so Berkly is left to do the dirty works lawd
  • EELLAC (16/09/2013, 13:15) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I just wish that she will consider running against him
  • karma!!!!!! (16/09/2013, 13:43) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply

    Let her go put her hands in their pocket, take out the key and open the door to a job!

    • open wide (16/09/2013, 18:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      The first sign of a lack of Leadership is not understanding what it means to be a member of a team. Self centered Doc and how he treated this lady..she did nothing worste than what others have done!!
  • Amen (16/09/2013, 13:46) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    there is a god above Oleanvine just trust in him
  • KJT (16/09/2013, 13:50) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pickering vs Pickering.one is Pickering by blood the other by borrowed.them will work it out.2 of them setting up them self and families.I a young BVIslander and i strugging every day to provide for mines like a other people out there.I went to them two for help some point in life for a job and Govt land for locals.Them an't check for me just talk but wha them have and getting.but father GOD don't sleep.I got a GOVT job and in the final payments for the land.THEM WILL BE ALRIGHT.
  • Mr negative aka vino (16/09/2013, 16:49) Like (4) Dislike (40) Reply
    The longest standing Government in this territory is the most corrupt one seem you all forget,O OK I forget you all not getting hand outs any more I'm sorry go work stop talk
  • Hodges (16/09/2013, 21:15) Like (3) Dislike (37) Reply
    Ndp is a no nonsense government as far as I could see. Do your job without fear and favor and u get to keep it. we live in a global society
  • Hmmmm (16/09/2013, 21:40) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Olivean trust n obey hold your peace let The Lord fight your battle we need election now!! Cuban must go!!!!! We know you is a Blessed woman labour is more muck for the how much years I'm alive in the bvi all who they have in charge don't know the work like you mine they can't take wat you have from you it's in your head ,Cuban is who need to retire n be more attentive to his patient keep praying
  • the rock (16/09/2013, 23:24) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    all I know is NDP must go!!!
    • Marie (17/09/2013, 19:08) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      What a short memory you all have. You voted NDP in because you were so displeased with VIP. Now you want VIP back. This cycle of keep voting these same two parties in is a joke and both of them are sticking it you. They are both the same! What we need is a new party to run (Oh I'm sorry, they did, the PPA party, and none of you gave new young blood a chance). Now you all singing that same old song over and over...VIP...NDP...VIP...NDP. Serve you right.
  • the INSPECTOR (16/09/2013, 23:45) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    The indigenous Virgin Islanders goose cook as they are now a minority and the NDP does not need you all for the next elections so they can treat you all like $h!t!!!

    • civil servants (17/09/2013, 11:15) Like (6) Dislike (30) Reply
      "Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture Mrs Carolyn O’Neal-Morton was forced out earlier this year and replaced by a Jamaican National Dr. Marcia Potter who is married to a local." WHAT A THING TO TELL THE KING
  • on the block (17/09/2013, 06:43) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    So Seymour will find a real J O B now…lol
  • Captain (17/09/2013, 09:12) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
    Oh no, where will I get my flexible work permits from now ?
  • The VIlanders Sah. (17/09/2013, 18:10) Like (2) Dislike (31) Reply
    Jamican or not Jamican she has lived in the VI for many many years as far as I am concern she is Local!!!!!

    Yall voted them out and voted them back in what did you expect, however if you arent performing then why should you keep your job local or expat!!!!
    • real world (19/09/2013, 06:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Do you think a B V Islander could become a Permanent Secretary in St. Kitts, Jamaica, Trinidad, St. Lucia or Hong Kong? Think about it!!!!!
  • bouyyyyyyyyyy (17/09/2013, 18:33) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    BOUY PICKO THIS ELECTION GOIN BE MASS PUT ON YUR HARD HAT CAUSE IT GOIN RAIN HARD HOPE U AN YOUR PANA THEM READY
  • born here (18/09/2013, 12:00) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply

    Let me tell you guys this just leave doc alone he is a man of god so you all can't touch him The Lord put him there to clean up labour. What he has done is is a good get her out. Good work doc I am praying for you they can't mess with gods solider God has you covered amen pray from the east

  • BVIslander to the Bone (18/09/2013, 14:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everyone wanted a change, well they get the change, this Government is bringing the BVI to destruction, cant wait to see what happen election day, who Pickering need to get rid of, is still in office, he need to clean up where it is due.
  • @bvittb (18/09/2013, 15:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with you wholeheartedly. If indeed Doc is a man of God, he needs to pray for the spirit of discernment. Who has labour holding hostage is still in office. They think the hunger for earthly power will get thrm somewhere? The longest rope has an end. Only time will tell. Oleavine has done no different from the others there. Doc needs to dig deep, he may be surprise of his findings.
  • darky (18/09/2013, 18:45) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
    maybe she is too dark for the post they hate dark ppl that is why they hate Myron so much
  • tt (18/09/2013, 23:46) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    retire in peace girl
  • Release (20/09/2013, 15:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    THIS IS A LOOSE ANYTHING GOES GOVERNMENT LOOKING AT WHAT PICKERING SAID AT A PUBLIC MEETING


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