Puerto Rican Unions Opposed to Measures Passed by the Federal Board
26 de enero de 2017, 13:58San Juan, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Anticipating '' the dire consequences for the Puerto Rican people'', several unions rejected today the demands of the financial control board to governor Ricardo Rosselló to close the deficit gap from 2016 to 2019.
'The proposed strategy entails an increase in taxes and collections, a reduction in the offer of essential services, dismissals of workers, the elimination of subsidies to municipalities, a reduction in all expenses and a significant number of participants in the Health Reform, which would lead to a deterioration of services,' stated the Trade Union Dialogue Table.
The objective of the financial control board imposed by Washington on the government of Puerto Rico is to counteract the deficit of $7 billion USD that Puerto Rico, with a public debt of $70 billion USD, will accumulate until 2019.
In a letter to Roselló, the federal agency has also proposed to subtract $300 million USD to the funds of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and the same amount to the Department of Education, in addition to reducing the pensions of retirees by 10 percent, which in the opinion of the unions would lead to 'the death of the patient instead of his recovery, as the board wants us to believe'.
'Never before, the financial greed of the business class has been so clearly demonstrated as in the measures given to the Governor in the letter of January 18, 2017, by the members of the financial control board,' said José Rodríguez, spokesperson for the Trade Union Dialogue Table.
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