Tola Radio VI 100.5 FM radio host Floyd Burnett aka 'Heritage' has slammed the Deputy Governor of the Virgin Islands, Mr David D. Archer Jr, as a failure in his job.
Mr Burnett was at the time speaking with Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) on his ‘Morning Braff’ radio show on March 27, 2023.
While on the topic of compensation for persons in public office, Premier Wheatley highlighted that while there is a salary review taking place in the public service, the long process is not the fault of the Government.
The Premier then revealed that the hold-up is the fault of the Deputy Governor, to which Mr Burnett added, “That man is a failure, its so embarrassing.”
The radio host also questioned why the Deputy Governor does not fully dedicate his energies towards his responsibilities to the territory as he does to his 'Pioneering Greatness' book series. Dr Wheatley responded, "Let we talk about that next week.”
The compensation review seeks to address
remuneration disparity, further support the retention, engagement and
motivation of skilled and competent officers to effectively deliver
public services, and to move toward a ‘Total Rewards’ Scheme that
promotes high performance.
New salary review ongoing - Premier Whealtey
Meanwhile, the Premier said the last salary review in the VI was commissioned by the late Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE and it took another VIP government to commission another review.
“That salary review is to ensure that our teachers, our public servants, persons who are doing technical jobs, that they are paid better,” he said.
The Premier added that the VIP Government is committed to paying public servants better, especially teachers.
Dr Wheatley added that the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) would have to do its own review, as statutory bodies were not included in the current review. He said this will allow health services staff, such as nurses, to earn a better salary.
The compensation review seeks to address remuneration disparity, further support the retention, engagement and motivation of skilled and competent officers to effectively deliver public services, and to move toward a ‘Total Rewards’ Scheme that promotes high performance.