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AG: No plans to readvertise 30,000 civil service positions

The Ministry of Civil Service has no plans to readvertise the positions of 30,000 civil servants. In a statement, the Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Service Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the comments attributed to the relevant committee members in the Fiji Times article, “Civil Service jobs to be readvertised: intake on merit” on the 12th of […]

Peni Shute

May 13, 2016 7:45 am

The Ministry of Civil Service has no plans to readvertise the positions of 30,000 civil servants.

The Attorney-General Minister for Civil Service Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
The Attorney-General Minister for Civil Service Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

In a statement, the Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Service Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the comments attributed to the relevant committee members in the Fiji Times article, “Civil Service jobs to be readvertised: intake on merit” on the 12th of May 2016 does not reflect Government’s policy position towards Civil Service reform.

Sayed-Khaiyum said that the Ministry of Civil Service has never planned to readvertise any existing positions or have civil servants reapply for their jobs. While there will be new open merit-based selection criteria, these will apply only to vacant positions in the Civil Service.

The AG said the article went on to state that three options would be offered to civil servants, including, “phasing out or retirement, replacement of those appointments without merit and transfer within ministries”.

Sayed-Khaiyum said this also does not reflect Government’s Civil Service reform policy.

The AG said civil servants and any potential applicants for Civil Service positions are encouraged to read the Open Merit Recruitment and Selection guidelines

Meanwhile government MP, Ashneel Sudhakar said the article contains numerous factual errors and misrepresented Government’s reform of the Civil Service.

Sudhakar said the Fiji Times reporter incorrectly asserts thatSudhakarr stated that more than 30,000 civil service positions will be re-advertised and that those employees must then reapply for their jobs.

Sudhakar said he never made any statement to that effect.

SUDHAKAR: “This highly irresponsible reporting by the Fiji Times has caused undue panic among civil servants and is a blatant attempt to undermine the good work Government is doing to reform the Civil Service and empower our public servants.”

Sudhakar is calling for an immediate retraction of the story.

“An immediate retraction should be issued clarifying these errors to prevent the proliferation of misinformation and a further disservice to the Fiji Times readership.”

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