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Poor working conditions force another Gov't Dept to close

The Training Division, which falls under the Deputy Governor's Office, and is located in the Betitto Frett Building across from the Central Administration Complex, is now closed because of reported sewerage issues. Photo: VINO
It was just on Monday June 26, 2017 that our newsroom reported that the High Court Registry was working from under a tent in the middle of Road Town due to the poor office conditions. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
It was just on Monday June 26, 2017 that our newsroom reported that the High Court Registry was working from under a tent in the middle of Road Town due to the poor office conditions. Photo: Team of Reporters/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Calls flooded our newsroom today June 28, 2017 as yet another Government Department was forced to close their doors, for the day at least, due to poor working environment.

The Training Division, which falls under the Deputy Governor's Office, and is located in the Betitto Frett Building across from the Central Administration Complex, is now closed because of reported sewerage issues. Senior Officials at the Government Human Resources Department are tight lipped on the issue and it is not clear when the Department will resume normal business.

An internal Email forwarded to our newsroom also confirmed that the Training Division was closed "until noon"; however, up to publication time the office was still closed for business.

It was just on Monday June 26, 2017 that our newsroom reported that the High Court Registry was working from under a tent in the middle of Road Town due to poor office conditions.

Civil servants have often complained about the poor working conditions for the past six years plus, including issues of mold in buildings, lack of adequate space, funds for their department’s projects and human resources to carry out policies.

31 Responses to “Poor working conditions force another Gov't Dept to close”

  • truth be told (28/06/2017, 16:19) Like (21) Dislike (19) Reply
    'Government' is too big; it's high time to downsize.
  • don (28/06/2017, 16:27) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
  • maintenance (28/06/2017, 16:39) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
    Not commenting on this site as I do not have any details on the issues. However, what I do find alarming is how we see to have a culture of not maintaining much. We tend to get the best of everything initially, but have horrors with the upkeep after the 'newness' wears off. Attention is usually raised only when something has gone really bad. A vehicle can last for years if it is serviced regularly. Air condition does not have to reach to mold alert if they are serviced and cleaned regularly. and the list goes on.
  • Mel (28/06/2017, 16:54) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    That is terrible. The NDP governments need to get their priority in order. Who want to be smelling sewerage or should I say SHIT all day long or may be weeks this is a usual thing thou. WSD is a utility department if the manager of the WSD can't handle the work load then it's time to make changes my suggestion is to merge and let BVEC control the department and run it properly. When I go to collect my bill at the BVEC the bills are ready and readable the water bills and payment hurts hurt my head. Imagine I paid my bills every month but I notice a trend when I went to collect for my bill in for March I was given January and February months again which I already paid. Asked why and try to explain that I paid them already the reception was a pig and rude and tell me I tell you already. Spoke to the supervisor well that was a disaster is like she couldn’t explain. So left the office and was upset. While outside I spoke to a lady from the building it looks like a trailer and I was directed to a Mr. John who dealt with me and I was please and left want to know how some of the people who work there get the job or should I say government workers are just un professional shame on the NDP this need urgent attention please
  • sooooo` (28/06/2017, 16:59) Like (26) Dislike (10) Reply
    soooooo how is this the government fault or is it the landlords fault for being a slum lord?
    • @ sooooo (28/06/2017, 22:31) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      These people are insane who still support this government. Those who support are brainwashed.
  • Lawd! (28/06/2017, 17:16) Like (15) Dislike (10) Reply
    We suffering under NDP! Lawd! Hear Our Cries! Lawd! We Need A Change Now! Lawd! We can't wait two more longgggg years. Lawd! pleaseeeeeee.....! Hear Our Cries!!!!!
  • VEX SEE (28/06/2017, 17:39) Like (24) Dislike (8) Reply
    The governor needs to force the NDP to dissolve their government and call for an early election. We badly in need of a team who can get the job done. He should not leave this mess for the other governor to clean up, since this could be partly his fault and may have possibly been the case if he had called for a COI into the "alleged" mismanagement of the Pier Park Budget. Instead we now find ourselves in object unneccessay suffering all around. Civil servants are quietly suffering just to hold on to their little pittances to survive. It shouldn't have to be this way governor.
  • Welmaboi (28/06/2017, 18:03) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    I looked at vino cartoon before reading about yet another disaster experienced again on these poor government workers by their top bosses, and I must say, even done-deal looks like he's stressed-out and ready to cry-out. His face alone revealed how pass overdue he feels he is soo ready for yet another one of those globetrotting trips to save the world's environment, when he just needs to look around and face it up close and center and witness everything falling apart under he and his team's watch.
    • Wait! (28/06/2017, 18:21) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Welmaboi. Don't forget the wall and that airline deal too. Those NDP have been involved in too many wrong dealings.
  • My say (28/06/2017, 18:11) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP just not ready for tis ting.
  • It is LONG past time... (28/06/2017, 18:26) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...for the government, any government worth its salt to STOP renting from private landlords (hoping for an ROI in the form of votes come election time) and to build a proper GOVERNMENT CAMPUS. Even smaller, satellite branches where government services can be accessed from East End to West End, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada. That would be Phase 1. In tandem with this phase should be a SOLID plan for maintenance of the facility for the LIFETIME of the facility. A proper Facility Maintenance Unit with staff trained to routinely maintain and service the government facilities and to manage them properly would be essential here.

    Phase 2 would be to investigate where Remote Working technology can reasonably be used. Again, the primary aim should be service delivery to the public and making this as accessible and as seamless as possible. This is where many other nations are heading with their Public/ Civil services. It is no use waiting to be behind the curve. Let's catch the wave on the crest. Remote working of course relies on being able to trust your staff to do what they must do without you hovering over them or them putting in 'face time' but the reality is that if you can't currently trust them to do what they have been hired to do, then why are they still in your employ?

    Let the Public Service be about serving the public and let the staff and the customers of this territory ALL have facilities they can be proud of.
  • Tomi (28/06/2017, 18:39) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    They don't care about us.
  • tola (28/06/2017, 18:49) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Smh all these money that the government is waisting and doing nonsense why Caz them jus building couple build for them self instead of paying rent lord help us all in this country we really need a change an am not talking about NDP or VIP we really needed a new party some learder who will look out for them own local people's and not some rich white people's for what's them could get out off them friends lard plz send some new candidate for the up coming election somebody who will listen to us and be there for us
  • musa (28/06/2017, 20:24) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    the best we have in 30 yrs
  • pat (28/06/2017, 20:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who is the land lord?
    • Krazy (29/06/2017, 12:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Training Division, which falls under the Deputy Governor's Office, and is located in the Betitto Frett Building.
  • facts man (28/06/2017, 22:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    VINO, please keep doing more stories like this. Tell us about how policy impacts specific people's lives, and what has them thieving all the money cost us
  • E. Leonard (28/06/2017, 22:43) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Every employer has a moral obligation to provide a safe and healthful working environment for employees. Employees is one of the most valuable resource in a business, agency, public sector........etc. But too often they are taken for granted and not treated with the respect, attention and support they deserve. Other resources often take precedence over employees. However, nothing gets done without employees. Fior example, anyone ever see a well-crafted policy do any thing on its own; it takes employees to implement the policy.

    Moreover, was the sewage problem a sudden failure of the sewage system or was it a result of operational neglect? Who is responsible for maintenance and operations of the leased space? Is the lease a triple net lease, i.e. the leasee is responsible for maintenance and repair, capital improvement, taxes, utililities, insurance......etc for rental square footage? If so it is a sweet deal for the lessor. Nevertheless, government still has the responsible for providing a safe and healthful working environment for employees. Employees life, health and safety must come first. This is an integral part of the contract between government and employees. The apparent culture of running facilities to failure and poor facility management need urgent action.
  • holla (28/06/2017, 23:03) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    And the thunder rolls.
  • I say so (29/06/2017, 06:05) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    The same problem with sewerage exists at the Labour dept but b*$s lady đet vex with the staff when they complaint because she afraid minister everyday staff members does stay home be

  • nastiness (29/06/2017, 08:22) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    There is no poor working condition if you left stale food in your bathroom bins and leave it until the bins are full and running over you must expect to have foil smells on entering the building. The building recently passed its mold test by a company in Puerto Rico. Nothing is wrong with the building it is a hygiene problem and people are trying to sabotage Mr. Frett.
  • wicked people them (29/06/2017, 10:11) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Training Division is one of the nastiest set of people I have ever come across. Check out their bathrooms how high the garbage is. how often do they clean the place. how come the other office were not affected and no one can see any signs of sewerage any where other than them. Tell you they eyeing other people building so they will do anything to get out of the one they are in. only them alone can smell
  • Candi (29/06/2017, 10:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I understand that the Government Admin Complex does not have sufficient space for all these other departments, so they have no choice but to rent in other places. Since they are Government Departments, why don't they send their maintenance people to check these offices? It seems like a better solution to me.
  • wise up (29/06/2017, 11:18) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    The BVI have a set of so called landlord: all they wish to do is collect rent and do not maintain their property......
  • stop blaming (29/06/2017, 15:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wait hold up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How is this NNP, VIP, PEP or whatever P fault. all these buildings were and still being built without proper ventilation to pull the moisture out of the buildings. The landlords are collecting rent every month. they should be forced to upgrade the buildings to prevent this mold issue. Everybody wants to have four walls with their name on it, big deal. How many more people have to suffer and die before action is taken. Look at how many people have gotten sick and die up at FSC. These building are closed up all day and night no ventilation so there will always be a mold issue.
  • Come on (29/06/2017, 20:24) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Those people at training division simply don't want to work. I know the buildings have a few problems but these people would complain about anything. How often do they have workshops. They spend their time doing nothing
  • Lazy (29/06/2017, 21:24) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I definitely agree with you they said Ward was so happy when they left his building he kept a party.a set of lazy confusion good for nothing bunch who collects Goverment. Money for nothing.7

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