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Dr Smith flip-flops on public servants’ layoffs in answer to HoA question!

November 14th, 2017 | Tags: D. Orlando Smith layoffs civil servants flip-flops HOA
Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), right, told Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), left, ‘no decision has been made as yet’ regarding civil servants layoffs, flip-flopping on his earlier statement that there would be no layoffs. Photo: VINO/File
Central Administration Complex: Civil servants may now be in a state of uncertainty with Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith now hinting that there may be layoffs. Photo: VINO/File
Central Administration Complex: Civil servants may now be in a state of uncertainty with Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith now hinting that there may be layoffs. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was our newsroom that first and accurately reported on October 20, 2017 that the ruling National Democratic Party of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) was discussing reducing the civil service.

A few days later, on October 26, 2017, Dr Smith called a press conference and stated: "no civil servants will be laid off."

Leadership matters

Yesterday November 13, 2017 at the Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) was a demonstration of Premier Smith’s usual 'wishy washy' style of leadership.

When asked by Opposition Leader Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) if he will be reducing the public service in light of Hurricane Irma, Dr Smith told the public in a turn around answer "no decision has been made as yet."

He now contradicts himself on what he said in the press conference on October 26, 2017 which many described as a 'flip-flop'.

When further pressed about the state-owned statutory bodies and if they will be laying off persons, Premier Smith told Hon Fahie that they are independent of government and run by a board. In other words, Dr Smith was now suggesting if statutory bodies layoff workers it has nothing to do with his administration.

All Statutory Boards have one shareholder, which is the Government of the Virgin Islands.

See links to related stories:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/layoff-or-cut-civil-servants-salaries-ndp-govt-debates

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/no-layoffs-in-the-public-service-premier-smith

22 Responses to “Dr Smith flip-flops on public servants’ layoffs in answer to HoA question!”

  • Bull Dawg (14/11/2017, 11:09) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    I hope the government really wouldn't have to lay off anyone.
    These are hard time right now.
    The majority of the civil servants also have their houses to repair.
    • teacher john (14/11/2017, 13:13) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ultimately, voters own the disfunction overwhelming BVI politics. Voters accept the lies told to them and continue to reward the polarisation that has grown since Myron and Mark began implementing the nego Island man agenda with attacks on BVI democracy and killing bi-partisanship.
  • Well (14/11/2017, 11:49) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    I cannot believe that our Premier never can speak the truth.
    • Stargo (14/11/2017, 12:29) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      He has a way of manufacturing it.
    • pants on fire (14/11/2017, 14:30) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      He reminds me of my boss, always lying. My said he couldn't afford to pay everybody so some of us should find other jobs,but he was able to find money to buy vehicles and have the nerve to be up and down the road driving. Some people have no shame and will always be labelled as liars. Where is the labour department when you need them??
      • @Pants on Fire... (14/11/2017, 16:19) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
        Right now only Frazer can help us... Labour is dead.. Employers knocking us about.. Lies and more lies..
  • SHAME (14/11/2017, 11:55) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so shame of this Premier of ours. He has a challenge speaking the truth.
  • People (14/11/2017, 12:04) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply

    This l@!r must go.

  • Truth (14/11/2017, 12:05) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    If he wants the IMF money that is one thing is a must and is certain for sure he have to lay off, I could smell it coming, people of the BVI get ready for it
  • ted cruz (14/11/2017, 12:59) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lol we have to get Donald trump to give doc a nick name beside mr zzzzzzz
  • qc (14/11/2017, 13:01) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    if the NDP refuse to vote to oust Dr. Smith, the NDP is stuck with a looser, and risk loosing the next elections
    • Where is Frazer (14/11/2017, 16:09) Like (0) Dislike (38) Reply
      Fahie is a mistake. That all he can talk about... Strupes.. another weak leader..
  • farmer brown (14/11/2017, 13:09) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    If past performance is any inducation, the Premier contempt for the truth and his refusal to cooperate and answer opposition questions truthfully could be the outcome of the next election.
  • Mazie (14/11/2017, 13:18) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man have early signs of dementia
  • wize up (14/11/2017, 15:03) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    administrations all over the world have been laying off staff; this group should concider laying off themselves first(just saying)
  • REAL ISSUES (14/11/2017, 16:06) Like (2) Dislike (22) Reply
    Why Fahie don't attack Rite Way or Cable TV or Lime..Why is he so focus on every word the Premier says... People need their utilities, their Jobs and better prices... Fed up of this story. This issue is no help to us... Fahie is 6---Doc is half a dozen.....
    • To Real issues (14/11/2017, 17:49) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
      You sound so stupid. The leader of the country is lying constantly and putting this country in trouble and you want that to be left alone? You got to be out of your mind.
  • belonger (14/11/2017, 18:01) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    In 1970 in Jamaica it was $5USD to $1JMD, in 1972 Jamaica Prime minister Manley went to the IMF borrowed money, the IMF put so much restrictions on Jamaica in terms of the loan that it shattered the Jamaican economy, now it is $135JMD to $1USD could you imagine no the BVI going IMF it would reckless on the part of the British Government to allow this to happen. This must be rethink over to come up with a viable solution.
  • Algebra (14/11/2017, 19:18) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let's see. If a liar is equal to a thief, then the number of lies told should be clear indication of the amount stolen. From observation, looks like big big big amounts. In trying to keep a straight face, the story comes out crooked every time.
  • solution (14/11/2017, 20:06) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bring another vote of confidence against this Premier and get him out
  • tola (14/11/2017, 20:33) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    I glad ayo find out how lie he is don't mind he them going to layoff people ah set of snakes
  • Rastarite (15/11/2017, 00:31) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Like who is advising this man? Jack I tell you we are in real trouble


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