Con­cerned about JUTC’s in­ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tions

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - ed­mond.camp­bell@glean­erjm.com

PER­MA­NENT SEC­RE­TARY in the Min­istry of Trans­port and Min­ing Dr Al­win Hales said that plans were be­ing put in place to make the Ja­maica Ur­ban Tran­sit Com­pany Lim­ited (JUTC) more ef­fi­cient.

He said that the re­struc­tur­ing ex­er­cise tak­ing place there was be­ing pur­sued in earnest but noted that the min­istry was aware that em­ploy­ees were unionised, and dis­cus­sions would have to take place with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“I am sure that some ar­range­ment can be made that will op­ti­mise the staff level to bring it back down to where it ought to be, and, maybe, to op­ti­mise it even fur­ther if we look at out­sourc­ing some of the op­er­a­tions that are now car­ried out in house,” Hales said.

Juliet Hol­ness, mem­ber of the Public Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee, raised con­cerns about the in­ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tions of the bus com­pany, say­ing that past ad­min­is­tra­tors at the com­pany had al­lowed the JUTC to de­te­ri­o­rate “to the ex­tent that we are spend­ing $300 mil­lion a year on salaries that could have bought re­place­ment buses”.

Dr Hales said that a man­age­ment au­dit that trans­port min­is­ter Mike Henry had or­dered was done and the find­ings had been sub­mit­ted to the par­ent min­istry.

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