As GPL moves ahead with expansion projects there would be less dependency on permanent employees
The Prime Minister, who has oversight of the energy sector, said that in recent years there has been a decline in the number of permanent employees hired by the power company for operations at its main Kingston plant and other operations across the country.
This was revealed by the Prime Minister when he faced, for a second time, the Parliamentary Committees on Economic Services and Natural Resources.
Chairman of GPL’s Board of Directors, Winston Brassington, told the Parliamentary committees that with the reduced intake of permanent employees, there is an increase in the number of temporary and contracted employees.
Within the next few weeks the power company will submit its proposed 2014 budget to the Finance Ministry.
It is also likely that GPL could be approaching the National Assembly for subsidy once more. This year, the company wanted ten billion dollars from the Treasury, but the National Assembly approved only $5 billion. The company threatened to increase tariffs if it did not get the additional five billion; that decision from the Government and opposition is still pending.