Union leader: Blackout is part of energy privatization plan
SAN JUAN – The Health and Occupational Safety secretary of the Irrigation & Electrical Workers Union (Utier by its Spanish initials), Ricardo Santos, said Thursday that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s (Prepa) power-outage emergency “is part of an energy privatization plan.”
“We are in a crisis period in the central generators which we won’t overcome overnight,” the union leader said.
Santos emphasized the need for adequate maintenance and qualified personnel, adding that addressing such needs will take years because Prepa “is in denial.”
“It’s a matter of studying plans around the world, which always reveal the same pattern: they hamper employees’ ability to carry out their normal functions, they don’t hire, don’t acquire equipment, don’t train, don’t do maintenance, and thus employees hands are tied,” he commented, explaining he believes the blackout is part of a larger conspiracy to privatize power generation and distribution.
Santos told Wapa radio station that the emergency “tells people that the only alternative is privatization, and that is how they hook the country. They want to establish their beachheads, in Palo Seco and Aguirre, to establish their multimillion-dollar plans there.”