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Thursday, August 21 2014 @ 12:19 AM EDT

IDAAN (Water) Workers On Strike

Protests & Demonstrations A group of workers of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems (Idaan) has started an indefinite strike. The decision, as explained by Rafael Mejia, a leader of the Idaan workers, was taken last Saturday, July 7th, after a march and a meeting they organized. According to Mejia, it's been a year and they still have not reached a consensus with the government authorities who are promoting the creation of a new "Water Authority." Mejia said on the channel 13 Telemetro morning news they went out on strike "because the government wanted to play with the Idaan workers." The leader said they analyzed the Bill creating the new Water Authority and they think it was developed politically. In addition, he blamed the Government forcing the workers to go out on strike. (Prensa)

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.

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