Saturday, January 17, 2015

Fighting back

Raul Valerio Medina reminds us that the mayor, Charo Bañuls, opted to use outside contractors for many of the jobs that council workers used to perform. Her aim was to downsize the workforce  from the 110 during the socialist mandates and thus save money – 700,000 euros per year.

However, as he points out, the council have had to pay compensation to the sacked workers and in any case, Medina claims that the cost of the contracts often exceeds the wages paid. He says that the monthly bill for services amounts to 50,000 euros and quotes examples like the 3,000 per month spent on electrical repairs or the 3,800 spent on cleaning municipal offices and schools which used to cost a maximum of 700 euros each.

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