divendres, 16 de juny de 2006

Els “Civil servants” també són persones humanes

En la ja tradicional reunió del ICEA a la Universitat Catalana d’Estiu de Prada, es proposen una sèrie de preguntes per tal d’obrir un diàleg. Per problemes familiars d’agenda, m’és impossible d’assistir-hi. És per això que voldria aportar elements virtuals pel diàleg. Comencem pel concepte de funcionari, que es comenta en el punt novè i que en anglès és molt explícit “civil servant”.

Per començar una anècdota recent del 12 de juny del servei de la BBC News.
Sexe en el Rural Payement Agency ( Organisme pagador de la PAC a Anglaterra i Gales)
“Un nou escàndol s’afegeix al caos de la gestió del pagament únic que ja porta un retràs d’un any, i que farà que no puguin pagar abans del 30 juny. En el RPA de Newcastle, arran d’una investigació, s’han descobert festes en horari laboral filmades per les càmeres de seguretat.
Cal recordar que ja va ser destituït el responsable informàtic al donar-se a conèixer que tenia un sou de 157.000 Lliures al any, més que el del primer ministre i tot tenint en compte que els problemes informàtics són la primera causa del retràs.
Massa sovint s'acusa als funcionaris de determinats problemes, ja que ells són la cara visible e immediata de l'Administració quan en realitat el problema profund és el sistema. La "reforma de la PAC està causant unes disfuncions enormes e irracionals a un model competitiu o protector de l'agricultura. només cal dir que la mateixa administració d'Anglaterra i Gales accepta que els costos de la gestió dels ajuts s'han doblat d'acord amb el nou model.
Jordi Peix

Article de la BBC news.
Civil servants on Tyneside are under investigation amid allegations staff romped around naked in offices and had sex in toilets.
One person at the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) in Newcastle has been sacked after officials began an investigation.
The antics emerged after some members of staff were caught on CCTV cameras.
The RPA is part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and administers millions of pounds in agricultural payments to farmers.
The agency said it was investigating claims that staff leapt naked from filing cabinets, had sex in office toilets, held break-dancing competitions during working hours and fought in a reception area.
'High standards'
An RPA spokesman said: "Allegations of serious misconduct by some agency and permanent staff at our Newcastle office is the subject of an ongoing internal investigation.
"Disciplinary action and a dismissal have already taken place and further action is pending.
"It would be inappropriate to comment further while these investigations and disciplinary actions are continuing."
Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Jim Paice, said: "This kind of behaviour is unacceptable in any office, but in a public service where they should have been processing long overdue payments for thousands of farmers it raises even more questions about managerial competence within the RPA."
The RPA was set up in 2001 and is responsible for paying subsidies to farmers under the European Union's common agricultural policy.
The agency's website said its mission was "to be a customer focused organisation delivering high quality services, including processing payments and receipts, conducting inspections and recording animal identification, to government and the rural community."
The RPA spokesman added: "The Rural Payments Agency expects high standards from its staff, who have very important and responsible jobs to do for the farming industry, and will not tolerate breaches such as those described.
BBC News.
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