27 May 2003

Guam Attorney General queries cuts to public servants hours

4:16 pm on 27 May 2003

The attorney-general in Guam is reviewing moves by the government to reduce the working hours of over seven thousand public employees.

This comes just weeks after Douglas Moylan effectively blocked the government from borrowing more than two hundred million U.S. dollars by refusing to sign off a bond issuance.

He says he will issue a legal opinion on the move to reduce working hours by the end of the week.

Despite his recent opposition to government moves, Mr Moylan says he is not being pedantic.

He says he appreciates the government is trying to address the serious economic decline Guam is facing, but it should be done legally.

"We know that it's important that we reduce our expenditure,...we can't increase our revenue on our island,....however Im supposed to be the person looking at the legal policy and that's what we're doing right now."

Douglas Moylan says he suspects the furloughs are illegal judging from past cases.

Earlier this month, the attorney-general refused to sign off a bond issuance, saying the government had to reassess the market value of all privately owned real estate before the loan could go ahead.