THE EDITOR, Sir:
The recently awarded double-digit increase to the National Water Commission (NWC) by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) is bereft of all logic. In a country where workers, most of whom are employed by the Government of Jamaica, have been asked to hold strain for so many years, how uncaring can both the NWC and OUR be? Do the consumers really have the ability to pay?
I really believe it's time for the Jamaican consumers to bond together and fight for their rights. We have been so docile that we have been treated with disdain by successive governments. It is time for us to stand up and say enough is enough.
In a country where some persons have been reduced to buying bread by the slice and where unemployment is at a record level and rising, the time has come for us to drop our foolish pride and call it as it is - living a decent life has become really challenging.
I believe the consumers of Jamaica need to send a strong message to the OUR and NWC that we are not going to sit down and take this one. We all need to not pay any water bill until the NWC reverses this increase. The power is in our hands - let us be united and fight this one.
PAT WILLIAMS BIGNALL