Strike called for Friday, concurrent with public corporation unions’ meeting at La Fortaleza
By The Star Staff
The unions of several public corporations approved a 24-hour strike on Friday, calling for a march from the Capitol to La Fortaleza, where they will have a meeting with Yamil Ayala, the labor adviser to Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia. “The essence of public corporations is to serve the people and the government has a com-mitment to serve the people. Therefore, it has to protect those corporations with the demands that we are going to take to La Fortaleza on Friday,” said Emilio Nieves Torres, president of the Puerto Rican Workers Central (CPT by its Spanish initials), at a press conference. “That meeting is to be decisive in terms of the future actions that we can develop.” Unions afﬁ liated with the CPT include those representing employees of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority, Public Buildings Authority, Highways and Transportation Authority, State In-surance Fund Corp., Housing Bank, Industrial De-velopment Co., Land Authority and Ports Authority.
The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the Classiﬁ cation and Remuneration Plan and the structural reforms that the Financial Oversight and Management Board wants to implement, and to resume negotiations on salary increases in collective bargaining agreements, which have been frozen for over nine years. The meeting with the assistant to the governor is slated for 1 p.m.