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article imageCivil servants in Argentina town to be paid by ‘luck of the draw’

By Igor I. Solar     Jul 26, 2012 in Odd News
Buenos Aires - Facing a dramatic financial deficit, the municipality of Bialet Massé in the Argentinian province of Cordoba began a system of raffles to decide which employees would get their monthly salaries paid.
The unusual measure was proposed by the authorities of the small town of Bialet Masse, 5000 inhabitants, located in the Province of Cordoba, about 750 kilometers northwest of Buenos Aires.
Mayor Gustavo Pueyo obtained approval from national authorities and the payment system was accepted by the municipal employees as part of a solution to the severe financial complications of the Cordobese community, which is also shared by dozens of other Argentine municipalities, according to TheTelegraph.
Town officials assign a number to each employee and a raffle is carried out at the end of the month to randomly choose those employees who will be fortunate enough to receive a salary.
The Bialet Massé Town Hall has 98 workers. The first draw was conducted last Friday July 20, to determine the winners of salaries due for June, and who could receive the salary corresponding to July, reports News.com.
In the first draw, 20 lucky employees won the chance to receive their salaries while another 78 will have to way until the next draw or until the municipality receives financial assistance from the Provincial Government, reports Cadena3 (in Spanish).
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