Barbuda Council may cut staff due to lack of money

Some employees of the Barbuda Council could lose their jobs shortly due to financial constraints being experienced by their employers.

Due to a lack of finance, the Barbuda Council could be forced to send some of its workers home.

The Council’s financial difficulties have resulted in late payment to employees for at least two consecutive weeks – and now, possibly a third pay period.

Chairman Kelvin Punter made the disclosure on Thursday as Council employees finally got wages owed for last week.

As another payday rolls around today, it’s uncertain whether workers will be able to get this week’s wages on time.

Punter is hoping the Council doesn’t have to take such drastic measure, but he said cutting staff might be the only way to bring their financial problems under control.

Punter was, however, unable to say when a decision would be made about the job cuts.

Barbuda Council employs nearly 500 people, about a quarter of the approximately 2,000 residents on the sister isle.

Financial troubles have also affected the payment of salaries to government workers in Antigua. Up to yesterday some civil servants in Antigua were yet to receive their salaries for last month.

This follows an announcement last Thursday by the Ministry of Finance, Economy and Public Administration that the government was unable to pay some civil servants their salaries for August for at least another week.