Workers at the Public Company of Águas de Luanda (EPAL) began an indefinite strike on Thursday, 23, in protest against the lack of response to the list of claims presented to the company’s management in 2019.
They demand regular payment of salaries, improvement in the living conditions of permanent workers and those of retirement age, medical assistance and mandatory insurance against accidents at work and occupational diseases.
However, several neighborhoods in the Angolan capital are without drinking water and so will spend the Christmas festivities.
But company officials say the lack of water is due to a technical problem.
“We don’t have water. We know that EPAL is on strike. We want the situation to be quickly restored”, asked one of the residents heard by VOA, in which he was seconded by others.
However, despite the ongoing strike, Feliciano Catiolo, EPAL’s project director, said in an interview with Rádio Nacional de Angola that the lack of water was due to the cut in a pipe.
“We want to do everything so that this situation is resolved in the next few days”, he guaranteed.
As for the strike, EPAL’s first union secretary, António Martins, stated that “minimum services are maintained” to ensure water supply to Luanda residents.
The company has not yet commented on the workers’ claim, nor has it responded to requests for comments from the VOA.
It is recalled that after two weeks of a strike by doctors that was suspended last weekend across the country, since Monday the nurses in Luanda stopped their activities for better working conditions and greater safety in posts of work.
From Monday, 27th, it will be the turn of Angola Telecom workers to start an indefinite strike for better wages, regular payment of wages, better working conditions and medical assistance. FLY