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Labour Commissioner Maynard still out!

Janice Rymer acting appointment could be extended until June 2012
Labour Commissioner Oleanvine Maynard (Left) reported for duty on April 16, 2012 to the PS in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour but was reportedly told they were not ready for her to return to the Labour Department. . A paper went before the PSC to extend the acting Labour Commissioner's appointment of Janice Rymer for another two months until June 2012.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering took full responsibility for the removal of the Labour Commissioner form her post. He told a public meeting in East End/ Long Look in January of this year that there were too many complaints against the Commissioner and he advised his Cabinet colleagues of the move.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering took full responsibility for the removal of the Labour Commissioner form her post. He told a public meeting in East End/ Long Look in January of this year that there were too many complaints against the Commissioner and he advised his Cabinet colleagues of the move.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Her second vacation extension has ended on April 15, 2012, however, Labour Commissioner Oleanvine Maynard is still not back on the job at the Labour Department. Word just reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that the Commissioner reported to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour on Monday April 16, 2012 and met with the Permanent Secretary (PS) Mr. Ronald Smith-Berkeley.

It was reported that the PS allegedly advised the Commissioner of Labour that they were not ready for her to return to her job at the Labour Department and she will be temporarily assigned to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour. The same source close to the situation told this news site that arrangement is being made for Mrs. Maynard to be seated at the Conservation and Fisheries Department as there is allegedly “no space at the Ministry.”

As of press time, Mr. Smith-Berkeley could not be reached for comments. A source within the Ministry of Natural Resource and Labour also told this news site that a Public Service Commission’s paper is to be advanced for the extension of Janice Rymer to continue acting as Labour Commissioner until about June 2012.

Drama two months ago when she returned from first vacation leave

Two months ago, it was high drama in Road Town when the Commissioner of Labour Oleanvine Maynard’s vacation time (December, 15, 2011 to February, 15, 2012) ended as per her letter of last year to proceed on leave.

With her vacation time expired in February, the Labour Commissioner reported to work on February 15, 2012 but was reportedly humiliated when no one was expecting her to show up at the Labour Department. It was alleged that her office was locked and the Ag. Commissioner of Labour Janice Rymer and her Personal Assistant had returned to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour.

It was then reported that Mrs. Maynard allegedly waited in the seating area outside her office until she received a call from Mr. Smith-Berkeley, who reportedly told her that he had a letter for her but allegedly “could not reach her.”

The letter was reportedly dated February 9, 2012 requesting that Mrs. Maynard continued her leave until April 15, 2012.

Hon. Pickering; I am the reason why Maynard is out!

At a community meeting held on January 19, 2012 at the East End/Long Look Community Centre, the always candid Dr. the Honourable Kedrick Pickering told the packed centre that he was the reason why Mrs. Maynard is out and took full responsibility.

The popular Deputy Premier reported that there were too many complaints pointing in the direction of the Labour Commissioner Oleanvine Maynard which prompted him to have her replaced.

He told the audience at the same meeting that he highlighted the issues to his Cabinet colleagues and admitted it was his decision to have Maynard removed.

“I took the responsibility as the Minister. I brought it to my colleagues [and said] look this is the situation, we got too many complaints…if I am to move forward, I have to make a decision to move the Labour Commissioner. I take full responsibility for it,” Dr. Pickering had disclosed.

His statement was received with a loud applause, however, the Minister failed to disclose the nature of the complaints.

Hon. Pickering first indicated the changes in the Labour Department on December 19, 2011 during a House of Assembly statement, weeks after it was firstly and accurately reported by this news site. He had stated that the Department that is responsible for the Labour force in the Territory will be restructured for greater efficiency starting from the top.

Following the election last year of the National Democratic Party Government of Dr. D. Orlando Smith to office, there have been many high level public sector shake ups, transfers, extended leaves and terminations.

All these movements have been firstly and accurately reported by this news site, despite the failed attempts by some elected officials to suggest that the information as reported was “misleading” or “malicious”, which would have been if, as they described, a serious violation of this news site’s high ethical standards, practices and policies.

It is vital to note that all the reports by Virgin Islands News Online on the Public Sector extended leaves, terminations, transfers, and appointments, yes everyone has come to pass, just as reported.

21 Responses to “Labour Commissioner Maynard still out!”

  • billy b (18/04/2012, 09:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Pickering, Kudos - Talk to Mark, tell him go Public Works and do some more cleaning up. He leave some cobwebs that need to be dusted
    • one eye (18/04/2012, 11:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Call names billy b bro so I can tell mark!!! The ndp dude who sold the vehicles and kept the $$$ done gone.....
    • cuzzz (18/04/2012, 13:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I want to know when is the hospital next
  • mm (18/04/2012, 09:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have heard Ms. Janice Rhymer is doing a good job. (but I have no dealings with Labour so I wouldn't know firsthand)
    • LC (18/04/2012, 17:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      blah blah blah blah when people doing nothing sometimes it could look like they are doing a good job
  • farmer brown (18/04/2012, 09:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    how they mean they do not have any room at the Ministry what happen to Janis office???? something smells
  • Iron Lion (18/04/2012, 09:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another dead horse being beaten, nothing to see here next
  • mother hen (18/04/2012, 09:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I do not know all the details of what doc pic got but at leaset find some place to put the girl from have her up and down like a yo yo. She born here and must be treated right!
  • virgin son (18/04/2012, 09:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor maynard but there is a god above
  • vallage girl (18/04/2012, 10:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The world is a circle that is all I will say!
  • fat head (18/04/2012, 10:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just tell the damm girl the cuban do not want her back and retire her end of story!
  • Alowisus (18/04/2012, 11:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That whole office needs to go!!!!!!
  • never will i got back (18/04/2012, 17:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    labour is going backwards it takes 10 months now to get a work permit and that a fact...hurry back Maynard
    • xray (18/04/2012, 19:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      i am no fan of Oleanvine but truth is truth since she left there work permits time has gone to the dogs..up to three and four months. sometimes even for a renewal.....
  • Diaspora (18/04/2012, 22:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Regardsless of our opinion about the Labour Commissioner or our opinion of her performance, we need to treat her with professionalism and respect. Instead, we have disrespected and embarrassed her. Further, we have turned the situation into a Ring Ling circus. Grow a pair and tell the Labour Com that her days as Com is over. And either terminate or reassign her. Stop making a pappy show of the situation. Ms. Maynard is a Virgin Islander and a long time civil servant and should not be treated as a piece of furniture. In fact even if she was an expat that was employ for a short time, this type of poor treatment is still unwarranted. The shabby way that she is being treated reflects poorly on the government as an employer and on the BVI in general.
    • @ Diaspora (19/04/2012, 08:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It seems that the order of the day is to marginalize and humiliate Virgin Islanders, and I specifically refer to those that were born here. Check around and see who are been treated this way. Are there any expats or those that have acquired status through marriage being treated this way? It is a sad state of affairs when "a man has no honour in his own country." But it seems that our locals in authority specialize in mistreating the locals. And do not bother to think that I am refering to any politician or political party. I am not. As you said, whether or not Mrs. Maynard may have been accused of doing certain things, there is no legal judgement against her. Even if there were, she still needs to be treated with professional and as a human being. The manner in which she is being treated is totally disrespectful and sends a very bad message to the other public officers like us that are below her rank .
      • bed time stories (19/04/2012, 20:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        leave Inez and bow tie dem day going come sooner dan ayo tink
    • born here (19/04/2012, 11:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well girl Maynard you only sin is you born here and that is how locals are treated so get use to it!!!!
  • Confucius (19/04/2012, 13:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am no fan of Ms. Maynard’s but I find it particularly distasteful that our government would treat any human being with so little respect! Either put Ms. Maynard to work elsewhere or terminate her. Was she given three written warnings before before being removed from her position? I am pretty sure that at least one party to this debacle is aware of the laws regarding the proper steps required to legally terminate an employee. Will the taxpayers be left holding the bag (once again) while having to pay whatever the courts might award, should Ms. Maynard bring a wrongful dismissal suit against the government?


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