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Low employee morale due to political interference- Report

-Facilities Management Unit 2010 report cites low level of employees’ morale; Political interference the main contributor!
The Central Administration Complex is the seat of Government where the Premier and all ministers of Government, many Departments and Units and the Deputy Governor are located. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Facilities Management Unit (FMU) under the Ministry of Communications and Works complained in its 2010 Annual Report laid on the table of the House of Assembly on July 25, 2013 by Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool about many of its challenges in 2010.

The report stated that the low level of employees’ morale was a major concern. Political interference was one of the major contributors. The Facilities Manager needs to have more authority to be able to discipline staff members who are not complying with the rules of the Unit, according to the report.

On page 9 of the 2010 report, it revealed “staff morale within the unit was at an all-time low. This was mainly due to a number of political appointees who refused to work and when disciplined they reported to the politicians for rescue.”

The devolution process, according to the FMU 2010 report, also contributed to this problem. The process of disciplinary actions is often too slow, thus frustrating other staff members who are trying their best to adhere to the rules of the Unit, the report stated.

It’s the roof again

The FMU 2010 report stated that it was over eighteen (18) years since the Central Administration Complex was commissioned and that the building was now beginning to show visible signs of major deterioration to its structure and equipment.

According to the 2010 report, instead of an increase in the Unit’s maintenance budget, there was a decline, thus giving the Unit very little funds to carry out the necessary repairs and replacements of the old equipment and to make the necessary structural improvements.

The roof of the Central Administration Complex continues to be a major problem. Despite efforts made by the Ministry of Communications and Works to repair the roof, the building still had a number of areas that continued to leak whenever it rained, the report stated.

Furthermore, air quality continued to be major issues for the Unit. The FMU 2010 report stated that regular fogging had to be carried out in order to keep mold growth and contamination to a minimum.

Admin complex security an issue

According to the report, the security at the complex is lacking and continues to pose a challenge. There needs to be installation of bollards around the compound to help improve the security. The installation of guard booths and barrier arms at the entrances of both east and west parking to enable Security Officers to better control the parking lots is required, according to the report.

The 2010 FMU report called for a comprehensive access control system to be put in place. At present most access doors were connected to the main access control system, stated the report.

When funds become available the Unit intends to upgrade the entire surveillance system to ensure that the entire building’s perimeter and interior are covered. The report believes that will give Security Officers the necessary tools to be able to monitor activities on and around the building.

The Central Administration Complex is the seat of Government where the Premier and all ministers of Government, many Departments and Units and the Deputy Governor are located.

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