Dismissals and negotiations in the local administration
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The local administration has dismissed 20 employees, 80 percent less than the 2009–2012 administration, said Alí Patlán, director of legal affairs of the municipality.
The local government currently faces six labor complaints from former employees of different departments such as Urban Development (one), Public Works (one) and the Municipal Commission for Sports (one) and one from the municipal DIF. In addition, one reassignment resulted from a complaint made by an employee in the Urban Development Department. Patlán commented that the worst of the consequences is that the longer the cases go unresolved, the more they have to pay from the public treasury.
According to Patlán, they have made agreements for payment with some of the former employees (he did not specify the number). He also noted that this administration is following the case of a former employee of the Public Security Department who was awarded 300,000 pesos by the court but received only part of the money because a portion was withheld by the municipal government for taxes; she has disputed the withholding and for that reason the case had been dragging on for a long time.
The legal coordinator also commented that a labor complaint has also been lodged by the former director of Public Security before the Tribunal de lo Contencioso Administrativo (Administrative Court). In this complaint, the former employee demands benefits that, according to Patlán, he does not deserve. Although legal representatives of the local government have tried to reach an agreement with the former director or with his lawyer, the dispute remains unresolved. Patlán said that if the ex-director wins the case they will pay him immediately.
Patlán made it clear that all those employees who sue the municipality have rights, and if they win their cases they must be paid the equivalent of their salaries and other benefits since the first day they left their jobs. In this administration, he said, payments resulting from legal complaints have ranged from 10,000 pesos to 120,000 pesos. The budget set aside for severance pay is one and a half million pesos.