Gonzales says WASA transformation underway, but no plans to fire 2,500 workers

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Gonzales says WASA transformation underway, but no plans to fire 2,500 workers

Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales has dismissed the claims by Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh of an alleged plan to fire 2,500 workers from the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA).

During a meeting of the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives on Friday, Gonzales reminded the MP that government’s transformation plan, (which was made public earlier this year) was currently taking place.

He also reminded the House that the plan will see “some staff rationalisation at the managerial level.”

Gonzales said if WASA was more efficient it would not have the types of expenditure it now has.
He said the authority is examining a virtual guard system for its installations which involves increased use of technology to secure facilities, as opposed to having guards physically on site.

The proposed system would involve establishing command centres in different areas and security teams that would respond to incidents at WASA installations. Gonzales said WASA security officers would be integrated into that system.

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