IDAAN Workers Might Go On Strike Over Privatization Fears
Friday, June 29 2012 @ 01:03 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
The bill creates a new structure for the IDAAN. It contains 163 articles and 15 chapters, and seeks to modernize and reorganize the water and sanitation sectors.
The IDAAN Is Not Functional - Health Minister Franklin Vergara said yesterday the IDAAN does not have functionality. He said despite their best efforts, the institution has no budget nor qualified personnel to carry management. He said the do not want to privatize the institution, but to create an Institute so that the resources destined for all of the entities involved in providing service and go to just one. (Siglo)
Editor's Comment: Concur. The IDAAN is broke and it needs to be fixed. As usual, the deeply entrenched long-term IDAAN employees are afraid they will be fired once the old IDAAN goes away and whatever is created to replace it arises. And yes, the proposed Bill does allow for the outsourcing of some of the functions that were formerly carried out by the IDAAN, but they (these protesting workers) are doing a poor or inefficient job. The IDAAN is one of the most broke-dick agencies in the entire Panamanian government. These guys should be worried about being fired...