State telecom firm reports fewer workers

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, the state telecom and power company, says it has reduced its employees even though a lawmaker claims otherwise.

The firm said Wednesday that its workers have decreased 14.4 percent since 2011 on its institutional payroll. These are the jobs that are fixed in contrast to a construction payroll that varies depending on the contracts being undertaken.

The institutional payroll went from 16,757 in 2011 to the current  14,353, the firm said.

The construction payroll that listed 6,612 workers in December has declined, too, it added. The payroll for the Reventazón hydro generating project declined 951 persons as the work wound down, the firm said.

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