When the Pope Cuts Costs

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Seems kind of like what the inequality-fostering Rich People do in the same situation. From Catholic News Service:

VATICAN STARTS HIRING FREEZE, FORBIDS OVERTIME IN EFFORT TO CUT COSTS

The Vatican announced an immediate end to new hires, wage increases and overtime in an effort to cut costs and offset budget shortfalls.

Pope Francis, with input from the Vatican’s central accounting office, also determined that volunteers could be used to help provide the labor needed to make up for the hiring freeze and eventual attrition….

The new measures included:

– Banning new hires, both on temporary and permanent contracts, including a freeze on filling current and future vacant posts….

– There will be no more raises, promotions or new appointments for existing employees even where posts are available….

– Overtime is to be considered an “exception” and the frequent or “habitual recurrence” of workers clocking overtime “is forbidden.”…

The letter asked that employees “generously take on” the workload and duties left when their colleagues leave or retire….

Base starting salaries for most workers in 2009 ranged from about $1,600 to $2,600 a month and are tax-free.

(Thanks to Roger McCaffrey.)

10:22 am on February 25, 2014