The National, Friday 14th June 2013
THE Public Employees Association has embarked on building a partnership with the Government to drive implementation efforts and service delivery.
This was the association’s objective highlighted at its recent national congress in Manus.
The PEA is the country’s largest trade union.
President Anna Igo said yesterday that it was unfortunate that government representatives did not attend the Manus congress “to meaningfully collaborate with public servants who are the implementers of the Government’s agenda”.
“As representatives of workers in the public sector, it would have been appropriate for the Government to work with the PEA to realise the Government’s development aspirations,” Igo said in a statement.
She said the PEA was only offering an alternative to the Government to address the question of why the public service machinery was not performing to expectations.
“Did the Government ask what yardstick is being used to measure the efficiency of the public service machinery?
“Did it also ask which public servants are labelled as under-performing?”
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and a number of ministers had described the public service as inefficient and ineffective.