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High drama at Labour Department

- Maynard will remain out, Rymer wanted in!
Labour Commissioner Oleanvine Maynard (Left) reported for duty on February 15, 2012 but was reportedly asked by the PS in the MNR&L to continue her vacation leave. A paper went before the PSC to extend the acting Labour Commissioner's appointment for Janice Rymer (right).
Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering, told a public meeting in East End/Long Look last month that he was the reason why Mrs. Maynard was removed form office after receving complaints but failed to disclose the nature of those complaints.
Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering, told a public meeting in East End/Long Look last month that he was the reason why Mrs. Maynard was removed form office after receving complaints but failed to disclose the nature of those complaints.
The incident allegedly took place yesterday February 15, 2012, where Mrs. Maynard was reported to have been waiting in the public seating area of the Labour Department until she received a call from the PS to continue her leave.
The incident allegedly took place yesterday February 15, 2012, where Mrs. Maynard was reported to have been waiting in the public seating area of the Labour Department until she received a call from the PS to continue her leave.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In what many civil servants and private citizens are describing as the civil service at its lowest point in years with no leadership from the top, this type of unprofessional and undignified behavior was played out yet again.

News just into Virgin Islands News Online is that 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, the Labour Commissioner reported to work yesterday February 15, 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 public seating area and at times in the General office until she received a call from Mr. Ronald Smith-Berkeley, Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, 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 continue her leave. Calls to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour yesterday, February 15, 2012 about the matter, were not successful as we were told that Mr. Smith-Berkeley is overseas. It was unclear whether the PS was on official business or otherwise, or who was in charge in his absence.

This news site understands that the Labour Commissioner returned home after receiving the letter and speaking with the PS. Two civil servants spoke to this news site on condition of anonymity, with one stating: “this situation was shameful and a disgrace for a head of a department to be treated in that way, when the very Labour Department is the place where the public goes to for unfair treatment at the work place.”

The other officer who has been in the civil service for 21 years asked: "Where are the Governor and the Deputy Governor? … who is in charge of the service? It has gone to the dogs?”

It was also reported that it was possible for a paper to have been on the agenda of the Public Service Commission earlier this week for the extension of the acting commissioner’s appointment of Mrs. Janice Rymer who is the Deputy Secretary in the same Ministry. However, it remains unclear for how long.

Hon. Pickering: “I am the reason 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 Honorable Kedrick Pickering told the packed centre that he was the reason why Mrs. Maynard is out and took full responsibility.

The 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 last month 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 termination.

All these movements have all been firstly and accurately reported by this news site, despite the very failed attempt 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 polices.

61 Responses to “High drama at Labour Department ”

  • one (16/02/2012, 07:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My god are you all for real? Do they know olivine is born here? This is very sad!
    • WELLSA (16/02/2012, 07:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who cares who born here, rules are RULES, COMMON SENSE could tell you if are doing wrong remove them backside.
      • q-tips (16/02/2012, 08:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        the point here is"wellsa" just yet another example of locals catching big time hell in their home land...we need the UN and the human rights commission to investigate the treatment of indigenous B V that will be news.
        • Graft & Corruption (16/02/2012, 10:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          She got the same respect she gave others. What goes around comes around.
          • black boy (16/02/2012, 18:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            i told locals that you cannot expect the NDP to look out for your interest..its a party made up of and supported by people who do not look like us and was not born here like us....facts again
          • Macnamara (16/02/2012, 18:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            Never a truer word said!
          • ------------------------- (17/02/2012, 01:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            Ms. Maynard girl your reward will be in heaven!
        • Spendz (18/02/2012, 03:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          no we need to stop that stupid mindset that just because we born here we can treat others like dogs and remain in our seat. He did the right thing cause if you know this woman you would know she ain't easy at all. All dogs have their day.
        • Spendz (18/02/2012, 03:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          no we need to stop this stupid mindset buh oh we born here. Not because we born here means we can treat others like dogs and stay in our positions. All dogs have their day. if you know her you know she wasn't easy. Do good all the time and it will follow.
    • Keem (16/02/2012, 08:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It's not about who born here or not. A job is a job and the mere fact that she is a "local" who was able to go away and study and then return to uphold such a position in government, I would like to think that she would "perform". It's the tenacity of Dr. Pickering and continued candidness is what this territory needs if we are ever expected to progress exponentially.
      • yellow (16/02/2012, 09:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        TO KEEM: she cannot get on a plane to Cuba so it matters bosssman
      • Shara Parlin (16/02/2012, 12:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I just makes me smile how dem people from down island & whites want to come to this country and dont want to see any B V Islanders progress. Me know of three local persons who went down the Island and to the USA with their wives and husband and were refused a work permit and could not gt a jo in the states. But you ungrateful expats getting all the work in Tola but still you all so bad minded and still dont want to see people from hear yes we who boarn right here and have no place to go have anything.... So sad, so wicked very wicked.... People like ayo need to catch the next flight or boat out of the BVI...NOW, not later I said now now now!!!
        • Movements (16/02/2012, 13:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Do some research and see how many locals are employed by expats and how many locals are employed by other locals. Send home all the expats with their companies and see what happens. Do it!
    • Movements (16/02/2012, 10:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Claude, OJ, Shaina and Ms Rhymer born here too but you all are not happy for their appointments. Wade, sherrie and others passport more maroon than others? Ya'll sound so stupid sometimes. You only jump up with this local BS when its in your favour. When your local investment club was up agains the UK biwater who did you choose? **crickets** Go take a damn seat!
      • NO AGRUMENT HERE (18/02/2012, 12:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Please "movements" the facts remain locals are treated like sh$t in them homeland and even you cannot argue with that fact!!!!!..BUT THEY BETTER LOOK FOR MORE BAD TREATMENT AS THIS NDP GOVERNMENT IS ABOUT ISLAND PEOPLE AND WHITES
    • tolian to the bone (16/02/2012, 11:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      and who cares where she is from. The amount of crap she done do it aint funny. when you have a problem and u go to she, hmmmmmmm! before u reach back to work, your boss done know who it is. God don't sleep and your day has come. you have turn your back and iltreated too many of us for too long. go home go sleep!
    • billy b (16/02/2012, 12:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oh pleeeeese, she getting a seasoned taste of her own medicine. They did say that what goes around, comes around (unprofessional, I must confess, but) the truth is nobody sorry for her.
    • Port (16/02/2012, 12:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What does where she was born have to do with anything? I'm sure she knows why she was sent on leave. If she wasn't sure where she was to report to after her leave was finished she could have asked a question. I know the higher ups don't always handle sensitive issues as they should and I'm not excusing them, but she's a smart woman and I'm sure while on leave she was keeping up with the news! Why would she report to Labour on her return?
      • Valley Girl (16/02/2012, 13:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Even though she may have been keeping up with the news, if she received a letter last year to proceed on leave from Dec 15 to Feb 15 it is only understandable as those were the time indicated by the latter. Also, she did not receive a formal letter stating she had been moved so why would she not turn up at work? The article also says, she other letter she did not get because they supposedly could not find her was for her to continue her leave. Still not anything about being removed so as far as she is concerned and as far as procedures go, she did the right thing.
      • parole buddy (16/02/2012, 14:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Because idiot the letter she got only stated that she was to take her annual leave at a specific time. It never said anything about her not returning to her present post. Some of you NDP A$$ Lickers need to wash the $hit out of your mouths.
      • Sali (16/02/2012, 15:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Very good point. She wanted the attention she is getting from the media. She knew exactly what she should have done.
        • Ha Ha!! (16/02/2012, 17:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          I happy for her. She treat locals like dogs and suck up to all those expats. She let them get away with a lot. Take that in your pipe and smoke it. You are a real BVI sell out.
    • tola (16/02/2012, 22:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      That have nothing to do with who born here. We need to do the right thing dam it!
    • Smh @One (18/02/2012, 20:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It Doesn't Matter If You Born Here Or Not The Fact That There Were Bad Complaints Of Her Makes It Legible For Her To Be Put Out! Being Born Here Has Not One Bit To Do With This Situation!
  • this is good stuff! (16/02/2012, 07:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    VINO I love your last statment...let dem smoke tis: "All these movements have all been firstly and accurately reported by this news site, despite the very failed attempt 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 high ethical standards, practices and polices".
    • Grammar checker needed (16/02/2012, 11:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What is a "very failed attempt"? If you are going to make something your lead news item (especially about your own news organisation), at least use a grammar checker.
      • job market (16/02/2012, 18:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        my my my they will have to hired you to work for vino...hope you not a VIP....only NDP need apply...he he ha ha
  • critic (16/02/2012, 07:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    can a pickering threat a pickering so bad?....i love how the smith dealth with the smith who the other smith tried to send home
    • history lessons (16/02/2012, 11:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      But remember the Cuban is not a real Pickering..he only got that title through the same lady he is today treating like a dog grandfather…see how ungrateful these damm NDP are????
      • Truth Is (16/02/2012, 22:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You and Critic shut your tarp. How the hell she help Dr. Pickering get anything? To hell with a title or relations!! She was not a fair labour commissioner so she had to be removed. VIP had her down as gone and if they were re-elected she would have been gone. All of you who here talking knows the hell she was doing to her own local people, ex-pats and for her self. She knows she was not to report back to that office so why did she go there?
  • mm (16/02/2012, 09:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sensationalism at its best.
    • billy b (16/02/2012, 12:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree. What is so "high drama" about this ???? She didn't recieve her letter, her came in early, was told to extend her leave and she went home!!!!!! Where is the drama?????? I wish someone could send me home with pay, what's the fuss?????
  • Clash (16/02/2012, 09:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I believe they have the right to move around people and issue leave. However, I continue to be baffled by the unprofessionalism in the manner they continue to treat civil servants. I really expected better from my government.
    • under the bus (16/02/2012, 09:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      well tis public knowledge that the service gone to the dogs what the hell you expect, nothing but none professionalism....they did it to wade, Kharad, Otiz, ray, Willock and others to come so stay turn.
  • Movements (16/02/2012, 09:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yeah yeah yeah, nice try VINO! You can try all you want you will not sidetrack this Government. It's one thing, jump on something else, NOBODY have sympathy for the former Labour Commissioner, NOBODY!!!!! Whether VIP, NDP, PPA or UP everybody knew she was a waste of time and selling the country dry!!! TRY AGAIN!
    • the game start again (16/02/2012, 09:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      MOVEMENTS: So blame vino for the way they treated the labour commissioner yesterday...blame vino... blame all the media for everything...ha ha that will not work!! We did not eat our school fees.
    • I telling yo (16/02/2012, 10:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ movements u hit da nail rite on da head, she is only getting back wat she put out, my mother n father always tell me be careful wat u do in life becuz it will come back to u good or bad, i wuk wid her n i know wah i saying
  • Jack johnson (16/02/2012, 09:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Utter nonsense. Everyone knows that the Labour Department will be much better now that Mrs. Maynard is out..
    • return (17/02/2012, 08:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      speak for yourself...the labour dept got issues but Janis aint the person to move it!!! dem need Ferdinard back
  • ReX FeRal (16/02/2012, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is internal cannibalism at its best. seems like the powers that be abd VI peeps are good at it.
  • Yet Another Smith (16/02/2012, 10:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Born here or not, needing to be replaced or not - the point is, there is a right (professional) way and a wrong (ghetto) way to perform and execute administrative actions.
  • school children say (16/02/2012, 11:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    that woman better humble,if the stones were turned up and its shameful to see what she have to with the power that was given to her,quit while your ahead maynard.
    • goat month (16/02/2012, 21:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      the same way Pickering and dem treating she it will come back..the world is a circle bosssman
  • BREAKING NEWS (16/02/2012, 11:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I glad she gone but NDP you are my Gov't and I need you all to do things better than this!! I am not like "critic" who don't like to admit with his Gov't foul up. Replace who you need to replace but do it PROFESSIONALLY!!!!
  • LOVED ONES (16/02/2012, 12:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lord Have Mercy....Tortola SOOOOOOOOOO SMALL and they cant reach her to tell her remain on leave??? this is uttermost disgraceful for published news... I am not against re-shuffling....but it MUST BE DONE RIGHT....
  • What (16/02/2012, 14:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Janice is indigenous VIslander and born here too so what really are you foolish people's point about locals being forced out??? Everyone with sense has heard about Maynard.
    • hello (16/02/2012, 21:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      come on "WHAT" give vino some credit they are more of the CNN of the BVI...not right wing like fox....
  • Quiet Storm (16/02/2012, 14:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Unprofessional, amateurish, a pappy show, The governing inexperience of our newly ministers are on full display before the world. Tortola is only ~21Sq Mi. where everyone knows everyone. It seems unlikely if the PS needed to contact the LC he could. Perhaps he did not have the strength or courage to. Is it just a coincidence that the PS is out pocket when the LC is due to return. And what resulted is a disaster. It was disrespectful to the LC and left the government with another black eye. This is an unforced and could have been avoided. Mr. Premier, please awake and take charge. Corral your ministers and institute some effective governance. The territory needs it. The 100 day honey moon is over; we all know who is in charge. Now lets get to work.
    • Movements (16/02/2012, 15:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So because VINO says it's so, that means it's 100% accurate? WOW!!
      • Queen Mary (16/02/2012, 17:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        TO MOVEMENTS: but you must admit vino has the record for accuracy...I am no fan of dem because they have too much friends in the NDP giving them stuff, but to be honet I must admit they rule the information circuit!!!!
    • DarkVader (17/02/2012, 20:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Quiet Storm, I think you should remain quiet
  • Distraught BVIslander (16/02/2012, 15:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Geez people. Why are we so superficial about these issues? Anywhere you get a job, if they mean to let you go they need to provide 1) it in writing (and a RESPONSE from the person needs to be received before it can go in effect) and 2) give you a set amount of time to termination (30days, 60 days whatever). Most of this should be in a contract signed at the initiation of your job, if not it is in bylaws etc of the company you work for. IF they were complaints against her 1) they need to be documented and 2) she needed to be either put on probation first or made aware of the documented problems AND the plan to let her go. What is concerning me about all these recent news articles is how unprofessional all these things are being handled. I dont presume to know the reasoning behind all the changes and the government (REGARDLESS OF THE PARTY and I'm getting tired of reading my home news and seeing all these stupid comments about party affiliations) has a right to make whatever changes they want but I am becoming more and more disappointed in the way things are being handled. We are not neanderthals!!!!! Grow up people!!!!!
  • George W. Tush (17/02/2012, 01:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the top brasse of the service has to go if meaningful change is to come about....but you will not get the right movements, as long as NDP dey...Ms. Maynard god is in control and he will bless you and he knows you have helped allot of these same people who hate you!!!!
  • James walters (17/02/2012, 06:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is highly unprofessional to treat a career civil servant who has served with distinction like this. She brought professionalism to the Labour Department and has motivated the staff. Look at what Kedrick has brought the Labour Department too. He should be ashamed of himself. Where is the Governor and Deputy Governor in all this. Why the silence.
    • kiss and tell (17/02/2012, 18:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      you asking where is the top brass? well they are part of the victimization and facilitating the nonsense...just speak to civil servants privately.
    • AHEM (17/02/2012, 19:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      To James Walters, Son get back to reality. The woman was like a lion eating up everything as if it was her own. Free this and that in exchange for this and that. She had a buffet of free this and that for her and her family. Hotels, restaurants, movies, free phones the works. You ain got food, you gets nothing from labour.
      • rock bottom (18/02/2012, 09:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        That is bull crap and hear say "AHEM" prove it!!!! bring the evidence from just chatting hogwash...but back to the subject. Is that any way to treat a senior civil servant? Will the PS, DG like to be treated that way? Come on man the service sucks??
  • Ahhuttu (17/02/2012, 06:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It'll be very interesting to see if the XLC Maynard herself will be filling a complaint with the Ombudsman anytime soon lol - the Public Service Commission and what the response would be........if they would forward it to the now labour commissioner and the PS to look into (lmao) 2. If the Premier will reverse everything like he did for Wade. Point blank, I agree that the NDP should shuffle around all the cvil servants as needed, they have the right to do so and should do so professionally. The first place to start is at the ports of entry, where some immigration officers seems to think only them live here and only them could get that job, especially the old woman from Baugers Bay, who needs to be retired now....she is really a bad site when coming into Road Town. Secondly, the labour department, where everybody up in there is doing as they like with the livihood of us the people of the BVI. As one blogger said earlier what goes around comes around, Maynard never saw it coming, but i did. As for the PS , he is not a leader at all. What is he been paid for, every two weeks he out on leave, left up to me he should be going on leave too. The rest coming soon.
    • Bloom (20/02/2012, 11:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree. They need to do the same in the tourist board. Management is taking advantage and treating employees unfair. From the GM.
  • tell the turth (18/02/2012, 01:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Permanent Secretaries could get away with this because this is the new culture of the civil service…but when that wicked lady leaves next month we all trust that the service returns to a culture of professionalism and treating people even the people who do not support your party with dignity.
  • TWO HOLES (18/02/2012, 23:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    all of those who digging a whole for the lady Maynard must also dig one for themselves....god does not sleep!!

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