President of the Assembly on non-payment of wages: “It is a position of caprice on the part of the Minister of Finance” | News from El Salvador

The deputy warned that he will not provide information on the employee payroll so that the Executive can make segregated payments, because the law does not authorize it.

The president of the legislative Assembly, Mario Ponce, described this Monday as a “whim” the refusal of the Minister of Finance, Alejandro Zelaya, to disburse the money to that state body to meet the salary of more than 2,000 parliament employees and suppliers, who have served 17 days without receiving their payment.

In the Frente a Frente interview, Ponce assured that this is the first time that the payment of salaries to the institution’s workers has been delayed. He added that this is due to a plan by Zelaya in which “He is not alone”Therefore, the Assembly has already sent a notice to the Attorney General’s Office.

“To say that there is no income when in fact there is … This is a position of caprice on the part of the Minister of Finance, not to transfer the payment to employees which has to be done between 16 and 17 of each month”reproached Ponce.

The legislator warned that he will not provide information on the employee payroll so that the Executive can make segregated payments, because the law does not authorize it.

“These are political decisions that hurt employees. This is an action that seeks to subdue, by all means, the Legislative Organ “Ponce reproached in relation to Zelaya’s request, who reiterated through a letter sent on October 3 his intention to pay first to the workers and then to the deputies and advisers of the Legislative Organ.

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Ponce also noted that the Government sends a “Bad message” when seeking funds with international organizations and saying that you do not have the capacity to pay salaries.

Deputies Norman Quijano, from ARENA, and Reynaldo Cardoza, from the PCN, spoke on the matter on Sunday and agreed that they are not willing to lend themselves to a “Illegal and arbitrary action” before the repeated request of Minister Zelaya, to segment the payment of salaries in the Legislative Assembly.

Quijano expressed that as the Board of Directors they are evaluating declaring the Assembly in emergency, because the lack of payment for essential services such as electricity, Internet and water puts the normality of legislative work at risk.

For its part, the attorney general, Raúl Melara, reported that a process has begun in this regard.

In the same morning interview on Monday, Carolina Recinos, presidential commissioner for cabinet operations, said that it is “Very hasty and adventurous” be ensuring situations that do not appear. According to her, it must be recognized that the pandemic has affected the economy of all countries.

“The word caprice does not fit here. You have to have priorities between paying for some things and paying for others. A notification has already been made to start paying, to be able to separate the forms “Recinos said.

She pointed out that the government’s priority to allocate resources has been Health and Defense.

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