WASA employees willing to take a pay cut

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WASA employees willing to take a pay cut

In a bid to save their jobs and assist in the reduction of spending at the troubled utility, staff at the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) have agreed to take a cut in salaries.

Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales, said this was one of several recommendations WASA employees put forward to their newly appointed chairman and executive director Dr Lennox Sealy.

Gonzales said “the workers know where the leakages and haemorrhaging have been taking place…and they recommended a reduction in their salaries…the bonuses and some of the allowances that they currently enjoy.”

Between 2016 and 2020, WASA employees had an overtime bill of $468.3 million, with $17 million in bonuses and $7 million in gratuities paid to workers.

Gonzales said there were other aspects the employees believed WASA could save on and this is all laid out in a report, which will be put before Parliament on Friday.