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NWC workers worried about privatisation

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 7:15 AM
A National Water Commission business location in Kingston Jamaica.

Some staff at the National Water Commission (NWC) are reportedly concerned about the government's plan to privatise the state-run water company.

Earlier this month, water minister Dr Horace Chang announced plans to privatise the NWC and list the entity on the Jamaica stock market.

Chang said privatisation would make the entity more efficient.

However, in a press release last night, The Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers (JALGO) which represents some supervisory and pre-supervisory NWC workers, said it was concerned that the government made the plan without consulting stakeholders.

General Secretary of JALGO, Helene Davis Whyte, says workers are also concerned they may not retain their jobs if the NWC is privatised.

 

JALGO General Secretary, Helene Davis-Whyte

JALGO says privatisation, whether by selling shares or through public private partnerships, should not be seen as a solution for the ills affecting the water sector in Jamaica.

JALGO says it is awaiting a meeting with the water minister to discuss the matter.