Concerned about JUTC’s inefficient operations
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.