IDAAN (Water) Workers On Strike
Monday, July 09 2012 @ 08:36 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: The IDAAN is basically a "broke" institution. This move by the government to create a new "Water Authority" to replace the IDAAN is a sort of half-step towards privatization. It would allow for the outsourcing of some of the tasks that are now being done (poorly) by the IDAAN as a 100% government institution. These striking workers are government employees, and they don't know what their future holds. It seems to me like some hand holding is in order. And of course these days there's a political element to everything, so (as usual) it's quite possible that these striking workers don't actually represent the wants, desires, and concerns of the majority of their coworkers. They might be in the minority, and causing problems just for political reasons - like what happens with the CSS workers, the public school teachers, and other factions of government employees. I don't know if that's the case in this instance, but it happens frequently.