For the first time in a decade, there’s a new president of the Cayman Islands Civil Service Association.
John Bothwell is taking up the helm of CICSA on the heels of pay increases for 1500 workers who haven’t seen a raise in years.
“We know how hard we are working, but there’s a certain mis-perception out there as to what is going on,” said new CICSA president John Bothwell.
He told Cayman 27 linking pay with performance is another step in changing the perception of the civil service.
“We think one of the ways to address that is to tie things more to showing that we are doing their jobs, and doing it well,” said Mr. Bothwell.
He said the issue of pay stagnation has lingered through the years, partly due to fallout from the 2008 global financial crisis: one storm weathered by immediate past president James Watler during his ten-year tenure with CICSA.
“There were talks of job cuts, there were talks of increments not being given, persons not getting any more salary,” said Mr. Watler.
He told Cayman 27 it took creativity to overcome many of the obstacles that arose for civil servants in the aftermath of that crisis. His advice to Mr. Bothwell: keep your ear to the ground.
“My advice to John is simply, listen to the beat of what’s on the ground at any point in time,” said Mr. Watler.
Mr. Bothwell said he plans to do just that. He said a strategic planning exercise is underway, and that feedback from civil servants is needed.
“We are trying to encourage all civil servants, not just our members, to take this opportunity using the anonymous survey we are doing, to tell us what the issues they are seeing, what they see coming up next,” said Mr. Bothwell.
He told Cayman 27 the exercise will help identify the major issues of the moment, and beyond.
CICSA is appealing to civil servants or others who have an interest in CICSA to take its short survey, which will help shape the future of the organisation.