Water service workers on strike in Puerto Escondido

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Office workers at the Puerto Escondido water utility (Administración de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado) went on strike Monday and took over the local headquarters located on Calle 3a Norte.

The protesters told the newspaper El Imparcial that their strike is part of a state-wide series of protests led by their union, and that a total of 14 local water utility offices have been shut down.

Some of the workers’ demands include a series of job benefits they have yet to receive, and that they be provided with the tools they needto carry out their work.

The strike remains an administrative one, they said, as only office workers have joined the protest. This means that while water service will continue uninterrupted, citizens will not be able to pay for their service or complete any other procedures with the office.

The workers called on the head of the State Water Commission (CEA), Jorge Octavio Villacaña Jiménez, to set up a negotiating table and heed their requests, or their demonstrations and indefinite strike will continue. 

The employees said they fear that the administration will no longer pay them any notice because it will no longer be in office in just over a month when the state government completes its six-year term. It will be replaced by a new one on Dec. 1.

With reports from El Imparcial


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