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Rewarding loyalty over productivity

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM


The Public Sector Transformation Unit's (PSTU) rationalisation plan seems to be in limbo. One of its early intentions was to get the most qualified and trained persons to occupy posts in an effort to improve productivity and efficiency within the public sector. The PSTU also seeks to reduce waste, duplication and inefficient use of state resources and assets.

However, the PSTU is in danger of becoming another talk shop or failed policy initiative, as despite the tough stance taken by the PSTU, we still have critical offices being occupied by persons who are not qualified to do the job. Worse, they show no sign of even the slightest interest in learning the requirements of the job because they are placed in these positions by the same policymakers and accounting officers.

It is these same policymakers and accounting officers who want to push the PSTU plan on their staff as the best way forward. It cannot be that the PSTU model is championed when it is convenient to the hierarchy.

It should be that the directors, administrative assistants, secretaries and all other public-sector workers are brought to book for their non-performance and not be allowed to stay in their positions collecting salaries, at taxpayers' expense, for little or no work.

Persons should be assessed on their capacity to get the job done and rewarded accordingly. It cannot be that in the public sector, loyalty is rewarded over productivity, as I have seen on occasions. The public sector needs to go back to meritocracy being the order of the day.