THOUSANDS OF JAMAICANS WITHOUT WATER SUPPLY AS NWC WORKERS TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION

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Thousands of Jamaicans are experiencing disruptions in their water supply, as workers at the National Water Commission NWC have taken industrial action islandwide.

The workers are demanding better compensation from the Government.

President of the NWC, Mark Barnett says management is working to restore supply to its customers.

Meanwhile, Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture and Water, Lothan Cousins, says he is deeply concerned about developments at the state-owned National Water Commission and is calling on the Government to urgently convene an all-parties meeting with workers and their trade union to resolve the issues which have led to a protest and disruption in the country’s normal domestic and industrial water supply.

In a statement this morning, Mr. Cousins said the situation was extremely unfortunate and totally avoidable, had the Government responded to the management and staff on this long outstanding issue.

Mr. Cousins said the disruption of supply is already affecting domestic households, businesses and schools, at a time when the education system can least afford further learning loss.

The Opposition Spokesman said the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service must move with haste to meet the workers and their representatives and provide the requisite information to ensure a resumption of normality.