In a statement released by the Ministry of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture Tuesday, Deputy Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said she had assured staff at a meeting Monday afternoon that there would be no compulsory redundancies imposed by her ministry.
She added that the National Roads Authority board dealt with personnel matters, but she felt it necessary to reassure staff members that rumours that up to half the staff of the NRA would be laid off were untrue.
National Roads Authority Chairman Colford Scott also denied there would be layoffs and asked staff to work together to find ways to “cut back on spending and maintain the good name of the NRA”.
“We need to find ways to improve efficiencies, and continue our progress and staff can assist in that process. You all work in the field; you know your jobs, so if you have any suggestions on how we can fine-tune the work, then please let your supervisor know. We are all in this together and we must work together to find solutions,” the statement quoted Mr. Scott as telling staff at the meeting.
The National Roads Authority’s budget for 2012/2013 is $2.3 million smaller than last year’s budget. According to the 2012/2013 budget’s annual plan and estimates, the NRA will have to operate with $2.2 million less in its road maintenance budget, $500,000 less in its Grand Cayman district roads programme, $200,000 less for new roads, and $100,000 less in its budget for preventing and handling flooded areas. The only area which sees an increase in spending is the government street lighting programme, for which $1.5 million is earmarked, up from $1.2 million last year.
The entire NRA budget for the 2012/2013 year is $6 million, compared to last year’s budget of $8.3 million.
For more on this story, read Wednesday’s Caymanian Compass.