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JM | May 10, 2022

NWC working to resolve water supply disruptions as workers strike

Juanique Tennant

Juanique Tennant / Our Today

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Following industrial action taken by workers at the National Water Commission (NWC) this morning (May 10), which has resulted in islandwide supply disruptions, the utility company has advised that work to restore water supply is now under way.

Our Today understands that more than 2,000 NWC workers have reportedly taken industrial action to protest the ongoing public sector compensation review as well as an outstanding reclassification exercise.

It is not yet known how long the strike will last but the workers say they will continue to protest until the government responds to their concerns about a workers’ reclassification exercise.

National Water Commission – Jamaica Information Service

The NWC workers are disgruntled that they are not covered under the new public sector compensation reform, even though their reclassification exercise has been ongoing.

The delayed reclassification issue dates back to 2008.

Despite the disruptions, the management of the NWC has indicated that it is working to maintain supply delivery and is negotiating through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service to resolve the matter.

In the meantime, the NWC is appealing to customers for patience and understanding as it works to restore water supply in the shortest possible time.

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