JUTC over­staffed

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Ed­mond Camp­bell Se­nior Staff Re­porter

THE CASH-STRAPPED Ja­maica Ur­ban Tran­sit Com­pany Lim­ited (JUTC) is cur­rently im­ple­ment­ing a ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion ex­er­cise to re­duce the num­ber of work­ers at the over­staffed state-owned bus com­pany, which has nearly 500 more per­son­nel than what is needed to run its op­er­a­tions.

Manag­ing direc­tor of the be­lea­guered en­tity Paul Abra­hams told mem­bers of Par­lia­ment’s Public Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee yes­ter­day that the com­pany was spend­ing an ad­di­tional $25 mil­lion per month, which trans­lates to $300 mil­lion per year, to pay the 500 work­ers.

Abra­hams, who left the JUTC in 2012, said that at the time of his de­par­ture, the com­pany was op­er­at­ing 400 buses with 1,780 work­ers. The manag­ing direc­tor said that the com­pany’s staff complement had surged to 2,250 when he re­turned in May, last year. He made it clear that he did not em­ploy the ad­di­tional per­sons.

Eye­brows were raised dur­ing the com­mit­tee’s de­lib­er­a­tions yes­ter­day when Abra­hams dis­closed that there were 300 act­ing and tem­po­rary po­si­tions at the com­pany.

“We should be com­plet­ing the (ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion) ex­er­cise by next week, at which time, rep­re­sen­ta­tion will have to be made to the min­istry as to what will hap­pen to these ad­di­tional per­sons that need to be re­moved from

500 more work­ers than needed at com­pany

the JUTC,” said Abra­hams.

It was also re­vealed that the public re­la­tions (PR) and mar­ket­ing de­part­ment had em­ployed 35 per­sons.

With the start of the ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion ex­er­cise, the public re­la­tions de­part­ment has been re­duced to fewer than 10 per­sons.

“A num­ber of those per­sons have been put back to their sub­stan­tive posts. They were in

the PR de­part­ment as act­ing,” Abra­hams noted.

At the same time, the com­mit­tee was in­formed that va­can­cies ex­isted at the com­pany for tech­ni­cal staff such as grade-one me­chan­ics. Abra­hams said that the com­pany had lost gradeone me­chan­ics to com­pa­nies in Europe and Canada, which had made lu­cra­tive of­fers. Act­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Mikael Phillips said that the JUTC would have to find ways to bond those per­sons who had been trained at the ex­pense of the Ja­maican tax­pay­ers.

ABRA­HAMS

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