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20% pay cut for judiciary

THE judiciary will reduce personnel spending in response to the budget cuts being implemented by the central government effective June 24, 2019, Monday.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro and Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja, in a notice dated May 22, informed the judiciary personnel of the 20 percent decrease in their work hours and compensation or salary as part of the austerity measures.

“The reduction on the budget allotment was not within our control but does require our immediate attention,” Chief Justice Castro and Presiding Judge Naraja stated as they asked for the employees’ understanding and cooperation.

Based on the FY 2019 budget law, the judiciary has 106 employees with a personnel budget originally set at $5.26 million.

The 30-day notice was provided in accordance to the Unified Judicial Branch Conditions of Employment, which read: “Subject to budget reductions the [judiciary] may need to amend this contract by reducing the number of work hours and compensation or salary. Unless a lesser notice period is established by legislation, [the judiciary] will provide a written 30-day notice of its intent to decrease work hours.”

According to the notice, the personnel have a right to “refuse in writing the reduction, and discontinue working for the judiciary.”

“Your statement of refusal must be submitted to the human resource/administrative office within five working days from the receipt of the letter,” the notice added.

The personnel’s annual and sick leave accrual will not be affected by the austerity measures, in accordance to the judiciary’s personnel rule 10(n), the notice stated. But “additional austerity measures may be implemented based on the availability of funds, reduction in the allotment authority, legislative enactments or changed circumstances.”

The notice added, “The adjustment of the compensation plan is not subject to grievance procedures.”