Today’s Editorial for December 1: Heads should roll

The Caymanian public should be outraged.

Another layer of the Civil Service wage onion has been
peeled and we have learned of more salary increases this year after Premier
McKeeva Bush recommended that all civil servants would take a 3.2 per cent wage
decrease on 1 March.

We use the word ‘onion’ because this situation truly stinks.

We have written before about this subject, but it should now
be clear to all that the civil service hierarchy is out of control.  To
give some employees large pay increases while this country and many other civil
servants suffer through the effects of a budget crisis is not only
irresponsible, it also shows a complete disrespect to the taxpaying people of
the Cayman Islands.

High-level civil servants have effectively thumbed their
noses at the elected representatives of government by ignoring their efforts to
balance the budget.  They have decided that they know what is best for the
Cayman Islands, despite what anyone else might say.

The country is in a budget crisis and the possibility of
direct taxation still looms. Yet some civil servants received up to 18 per cent
pay increases after other civil servants had to absorb a decrease. Others
received pay raises that simply negated the pay cuts. Many other contract civil
servants have been let go, stressing the Service and reducing its efficiency.

In other places in the world, heads would roll for this, but
in the Cayman Islands, some civil servants can apparently do whatever they want
with indemnity.

This is an unacceptable situation.  One way or the
other, someone must be held responsible for this.

The people of the Cayman Islands should not accept the
elected government’s cry of ‘there’s nothing we can do’.  They are
legislators and if the law doesn’t currently allow for them to dismiss civil
servants for a blatant disregard of the government’s budget balancing efforts,
then they should change the law.  And if it is their contention that only
the governor as the head of the civil service can do something about this
situation, then Cayman’s elected government needs to raise this issue as a
matter of importance with the governor or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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