***This is an independent submission, I am unable to corroborate or verify the information so I will term them as allegations*
JAMAICA LIBRARY SERVICE
They brought back the Monster
During her reign as Director of Human Resources and Administration, Dorna Gray presided over some of the most oppressive HR practices that was ever witnessed in a single organization. She was the architect of nine year freeze on study leave that affected nearly 600 hundred young people who was employed to Jamaica Library Service. Many departments, especially Accounts function is now in a state of paralysis as skilled and qualified officers could not be promoted because of her brain child philosophy of hiring from outside. What that means is that current officers who were in the employment of Jamaica Library Service, no matter how dedicated, loyal or faithful could never be promoted as they were simply deemed unsuitable.
Nepotism, cronyism, corruption and treachery were the order of the day.
Training was also reserved for most favoredemployees and competent and hardworking staff members were often assigned to function at levels higher than their substantive positions but were told that they could not act as they were not qualified. Special treatment and favours were doled out to others who were close friends and confidants.
While some staff members were harassed, threatened and sanctioned for trumped up charges of dereliction, lackeys and henchmen were flagrantly flouted rules and regulations bask in the admiration of admiration of our heroine in question.
It was an age of firing, resignation, black listing and constructive dismissal. Dorna Gray of Jamaica Library Service retired November 13, 1954 but since 2017 has enjoyed several back to back contracts of employment with Jamaica Library Service. Contrary to gazette rules and pronouncements by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, throughout the Covid crisis up to this time the 66 year has enjoyed non-stop employment with Jamaica Library Service as special HR consultant.
The unfair HR practices which are the brain child of this monster, has seen hundreds of young people flee Jamaica Library Service in search of opportunities in the public and private service. These young people are now exposed as wherever they are, they are new employees and as such may be in vulnerable positions in the face of staff cuts.
The big question is if there is any truth to this story why is this person so popular among successive managers at the Jamaica Library Service. In her pre- retirement years, she would have served under 2 Director Generals in her pre-pensioner years with the organization. The current Director General has now called her out of retirement and has unleash her on the skeletal staff that remain at Jamaica Library Service. Why? The outcome is that hardship for many is being perpetuated. Like those who have left, no promotion is in sight for several who are holders of 1st degrees from the University of the West Indies, Northern Caribbean University, University of the Commonwealth Caribbean and other tertiary institutions.
Why this retired HR Director DornaGray is still at Jamaica Library Service despite the presence of Michelle Nunes, Director of Human Resources who is now in her final years of pursuing a Master Degree in Human Resource Management? How is Jamaica Library Service able to finance the employment of two HR practitioners at this level?
Why are there hundreds of vacant positions in Jamaica Library Service? Why do the Ministry of Education and those who received nice explanation for the presence of these vacant posts accept the nice explanations that are given without conducting their investigations or ask the hard questions?
How many vacant positions are within the Jamaica Library Service and why are these positions vacant for so long? Why Jamaica Library Service Senior managers are frustrating young staff members to seek opportunities elsewhere while the re-hire Adolf Hitler like types such as DornaGray and her friends?
Birds of a feather flock together, there is a stench arising from unfair management practices that have gone un-noticed and unaddressed. It is clear that this monster is brought in under the guise of consultancy to do more dirty work.
The system is such that government of Jamaica continue to fund vacant positions whether or not persons are employed to those positions. In the last financial year it is said that the company saved over $300m dollars in subvention savings for vacant positions. So Jamaican Library Service used the money to pay their retirees friends including DornaGray and have also seek and get approval to use the money for building renovation. How sad! These are monies that young staff members have been denied because they were not promoted, they were not trained, not employed and they were frustrated by anoppressive and repressive culture of supervision that drive them to flee their jobs.
Jamaica should answer the question ‘How come a 1st degree in Library Management and Information Studies qualify and individual to function as CEO with responsibility for spending GOJ J$2 billion annually?’ If the Jamaica Library Service is by far the biggest GOJ agency, should a person with cooked up qualification or sub qualification be allowed to be at its helm? Should cronies be recruited to aid and abet malfeasances being practiced by those in charge of governance?
The time has come for Jamaica Library Service Staff to protest! Demonstrate! Loud and clear, involve the media expose these people and their cronies even their chairman and those within their parent ministry who continue to accept their excuses and turn a blind eye to their malfeasances.
Rise up people! You stay silent at our own detriment!
No government institution should continue to operate this way.