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Integrity Commission Reports Increase In Compliance

A recent report from the Integrity Commission shows a marked increase in compliance by persons in public office who have declared their assets for the period 2010 to 2011. The third annual report of the Commission was tabled in Parliament by Minister for Legal Affairs, Hon Ian Douglas, on Thursday, February 16, 2012.

According to the report, of the one hundred and fifty-nine (159) people in public life listed for the year, one hundred and fifty-two (152) have filed financial declarations with the Commission by March 31, 2011… a compliance rate of ninety-six percent (96%). This represents a significant improvement over last year’s performance of sixty-six percent (66%).

A statement released by the Integrity Commission indicated that in its current form, the Integrity in Public Office Act poses some challenges to effective administration, and so the Commission has recommended a number of amendments to Government. A recommendation has also been made for restructuring the organization for the prompt and efficient discharge of its functions under the Act.

Chairman of the Commission, Julian Johnson noted that despite criticisms leveled at the organization, the deficiencies of the Act and staffing issues, the Integrity Commission compares favorably with the best Integrity institutions in the Commonwealth Caribbean.

Negotiations for Public Servants ongoing

Government continues to negotiate wage and salary increases for three Public Sector Representative Bodies for the period 2009/2012. This is in keeping with Part IV of the Public Service Act of the Revised Laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Following discussions on compensation benefits for public servants for the 2009 /2012 triennium, negotiations for the first year had already been finalized with the Dominica Public Service Union, Police Welfare Association and the Dominica Association of Teachers.

Government had initially proposed a wage and salary increase of 2% for the year 2009- 2010, however, approval was granted for a 3% increase in wage and salaries, increase in allowances as well as other benefits such as duty-free concessions, Education assistance and contributions towards the unions’ Health and Wellness Programme.

According to an official statement from the Chief Personnel Officer, Irma Edwards, Government is awaiting the outcome of a Human Resource Consultancy and Job Evaluation and Classification Exercise before continuing negotiations for the periods 2010 / 2011 and 2011 / 2012.

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