A total of 10 persons were laid off at the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council effective April 30. According to Mayor Earl Trapp, this had to be done for the council to reduce its expenditure. He explained that since the announcement of a State of Emergency, the council’s revenue has declined significantly and in order to keep the council afloat several adjustments had to be made. He went on to say that the remaining staff at the Town Council will be receiving a fifty percent pay cut and a shift system has been implemented. He also noted that initially they were going to lay off as many as twenty workers but they soon revisited that idea and laid off ten persons.
Earl Trapp, Mayor of San Ignacio/ Santa Elena: “What we will do we will cut down on the time that we will be working so they will get paid for the time that they’ll be working but we will specify the time that they’ll be working so it’s not really a salary cut it’s just a shift system and we will have to implement the shift system because as well of the distance that we have to observe, the social distance that we have to observe so we will work on a shift system and on a skeleton staff that will allow us to observe the social distancing. The shift system is only for the skeleton crew and then the people that will be working full time might be the people from – certainly it has to be the people from the sanitation group which will be out there of course they have been working all along and I will yell you we have been very considerate to the sanitation department as they were the ones considered to be essential services group. So while they have been working as essential services and we we were on a complete lock down then they were given an additional allowance as well. They were at 100% they continue to be 100% and they were being paid an additional allowance and that will continue up until the end of this week thereafter they will continue on their 100% but we were very much considerate because they were the only ones working we even rescheduled their hours as to better than working six to twelve, one to four we cut it from five thirty to midday for them so we even went the extra mile and they pushed and up to this time we were able to contain and keep the municipality clean.”
Municipalities across the country have had to take cost saving measures due to the lack of revenue. We will have more on these municipal measures in tomorrow’s newscast.