CUC operating with minimum staff, says official

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THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. operated with minimum staff for the entire month of April as part of the Covid-19 prevention measures, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

“Presently, none of our staff have been infected,” he added.

Although the CUC board has already allowed management to reduce the working hours of the staff, Camacho said they have yet to enforce it.

CUC has decided to exhaust first all its cost-saving measures before it reduces the salary of personnel, he added.

He said once implemented, the goal of the austerity measure, which will be temporary, is to avoid layoffs and retain valuable employees.

Under the CUC austerity scheme, he added, the employees will still be paid for the number of their work hours, not a penny more, not a penny less.

Camacho said they have over 100 full-time employee positions that have not been filled because of economic issues.

“So we are trying to provide services with the personnel that we have on board,” he added.

“We want to ensure that we have all the necessary manpower that we need on board to be able to do what we need to do on a day-to-day basis.”

Camacho said the division heads were also instructed to speak with their respective staff regarding staff reduction, furloughs, and austerity.

He said a report based on those meetings is being prepared by management and will be presented to the CUC board in its next meeting.


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