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Rio Negro chief fires 170 staff via YouTube

AFP-JIJI

An Argentine governor has caused a kerfuffle in his province after using a YouTube video to lay off half of his 340 provincial officials.

Rather than addressing staff directly, Rio Negro Gov. Alberto Weretilneck on Tuesday posted a video message explaining that 170 layoffs were necessary to deal with budget shortfalls, “and those who are continuing on in their jobs will have their salaries reduced by 15 percent.”