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Power Authority Union Calls for United Rejection of Labor Reform

By on January 16, 2017

SAN JUAN — The president of the Irrigation & Electrical Workers Union (Utier), Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo, said Monday that the House’s approved labor reform will impoverish future generations.

The official said that the Labor Transformation & Flexibility Act (H.B. 453) will be detrimental to the island’s youth, who might feel forced to emigrate to seek better opportunities. “It will also affect current employees, who, if they lose their jobs or transfer to another job will have to begin with fewer benefits,” he stated.

Utier President Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo (CB photo/Agustín Criollo Oquera)

Utier President Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo (CB photo/Agustín Criollo Oquera)

Among other statutes, the law reduces vacations and sick leave days and Christmas bonuses. This, Figueroa Jaramillo said, “is part of a world vision that began over a decade ago and that politicians in turn want to implement” even further and, “whose consequences will be to lead the salaried to poverty in order to favor employers, to whom they grant more benefits every time, be it in taxes or by guaranteeing cheap labor with fewer rights.”

The union leader urged parents to reject the legislation to prevent an even larger exodus of Puerto Rican youth. If these measures are approved despite concerns from the working class, he encouraged people to “join forces so they are repealed, just like other unfair laws.”

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