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economy Seeking to save US$30m

City gov’t to cut 120 top jobs

The City government’s decision is in line with moves in Buenos Aires province where governor María Eugenia Vidal has made four cuts to the public service since taking office in late 2015.

Friday 8 December, 2017
Horacio Rodríguez Larreta is the low-profile mayor of Buenos Aires City, having secured his candidacy for the role against current Vice-president Gabriela Michetti prior to the 2015 elections..
Horacio Rodríguez Larreta is the low-profile mayor of Buenos Aires City, having secured his candidacy for the role against current Vice-president Gabriela Michetti prior to the 2015 elections.. Foto:Perfil

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Buenos Aires City will cut 120 political positions in government and 58 advisers’ jobs in a savings move valued at $500 million pesos (US$29 million).

A decree signed by Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta will be published on Monday, Clarín reported.

The City will also reduce salaries for authorities in decentralised government bodies and put a cap on wage growth.

“Thanks to technology, the simplification of bureaucracy or de-bureaucratisation, we can reduce the number of political positions by merging job roles and grouping together areas”, City Cabinet Chief Felipe Miguel told Clarín.

Already this year, the Rodríguez Larreta government cut 29 top jobs and 87 mid-tier positions for an reported saving of $200 million pesos.

MIXED MESSAGES

The City government’s decision is in line with moves in Buenos Aires province where governor María Eugenia Vidal has made four cuts to the public service since taking office in late 2015.

However, their Cambiemos coalition has sent mixed messages to the public, which had grown tired of strange and eccentric government appointments under former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

For instance, in July this year, the national government came under fire for appointing a “Director of Bicycle Mobility for the National Directorate of Non-motorised transport” with an annual salary of $1 million pesos.

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