The Water and Sewerage Company Inc., WASCO, has acknowledged that ongoing industrial action by daily paid workers represented by the National Workers Union, NWU, may affect its response to reports of leakages in the utility’s pipelines.
“You know that whenever you have industrial action you are never functioning at your optimum and what you can do is try, but you cannot respond as you would normally so there will be delays, there will be some slowdowns but we are managing in the situation to make sure we get to where major leaks are,” Managing Director, Vincent Hippolyte has said.
Hippolyte disclosed that the employees who are engaged in the industrial action are from the section that takes care of maintenance and repairs to pipelines.
He revealed that WASCO and the NWU have been in meetings trying to resolve some of the matters that are on the table, and said that in the meantime the water utility has put measures in place to respond to issues that may arise.
The WASCO employees are on strike over an outstanding new collective agreement and other issues.