(Trinidad Guardian): Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley last night hinted that the Government may have to cut some jobs in the public service.
Noting that public expenditure was what drives the economy of T&T during the return of “Conversations with the PM” at the Point Fortin East Secondary, the PM said: “So if Government revenues are strong then there is a lot that the Government can do. If revenues are weak and falling…not withstanding our best desires of wishes and needs there is only so much we can do.”
Rowley said while people have been saying the Government has been on a job cutting exercise, they have in fact been trying to maintain jobs “even if we cannot pay you salary increases or substantial increase. So the first priority is to hold on to the jobs that you have.”
He said based on information obtained from the Ministry of Labour, there were 50,000 public servants on the Government’s payroll. Of this figure, he said 19,000 are daily-paid workers, 15,800 were contract workers and 20,000 were monthly paid.