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posted 30 Jan 2014, 17:12 by Gerry Kangalee



The National Workers Union (NWU) notes with concern that Attorney General Anand Ramlogan was reported in the print media to have said according to one newspaper  “on the issue of appointing a police commissioner, the AG described as “red herring” insisting someone will be forced to perform to the maximum if left in an acting position, since if that person did not meet the grade, someone else would be placed at the helm”.


This statement by the highest legal adviser to the Government and the State is fraught with negativity, betrays an ignorance of human feelings and promotes instability in the police service and violates best practices of Industrial Relations.


How can the failure to appoint a police commissioner for such a long period of time be a “red herring” issue? In fact, such a failure is a grave indictment against the government and those responsible. The Police Commissioner must be secure in his position if he is to efficiently perform his job. He must also have the respect and confidence of his officers.


This continuous acting police commissioner issue is pure inefficiency and political patronage by bungling, corrupted and incompetent ruling politicians who seem to be on a dangerous divisive path and playing for time to appoint someone to this high prosecutorial post that will offer protection in times of need when out of office.


An acting Police Commissioner or anyone not being confirmed for such a long period of time in a job must get the feeling that those responsible for his appointment are either dissatisfied with his performance, he is being victimised or there is another person the authorities wish to appoint. How can such a person not be frustrated? No such person can be forced to perform to the maximum if left in an acting position for such a long period of time.


There can be no incentive for improved performance based on fear of not meeting the grade and someone else being placed at the helm in a position you have acted in for such a long period. A person in that position must feel a sense of being used and abused and therefore will be in a state of vexation and frustration.


The Attorney General has also broken one of the fundamental best practices of industrial relations in having persons acting in a position for a long period of time without being confirmed in the position in which they are acting. So that our top legal adviser to the government is encouraging the violation of good and proper industrial relations practices and suggesting instead harsh and oppressive practices.


What really is Attorney General Anand Ramlogan saying to the population with this silly statement and what is he really up to? He probably takes the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago for fools.

Gerry Kangalee,
30 Jan 2014, 17:12