The Provincial Government of Daniel Scioli has agreed to pay state workers’ bonuses in four instalments with the first starting on the 14th July.
The decision come after a meeting between the Labour Minister for the Province of Buenos Aires, Oscar Cuartango and Scioli. The instalments will take place between July and October.
Previously, Scioli claimed that despite being given $1bn by the national government, it would still not be enough to cover the bi-annual bonus that adds half a month’s salary to stateworkers’ June wages. He had originally asked for $2.8bn
Scioli asked the state for “goodwill and understanding” and also said that the provincial government is “grateful for the support and the help of the national Government.”
However, the Secretary General of the ATE Oscar de Isasi warned industrial action would be imminent if the workers were not guaranteed both their full salaries and bonuses.
De Isasi criticized the provinces budget for this year calling it an “adjustment budget.”
Yesterday National Economy Minister Hernan Lorenzino asked for Scioli to take “greater responsibility” in the administration of the finances.
Wages of more than one million public employees is between $5.3-5.5bn pesos a month while bonus payments require an extra $2.3bn.