PREPA employees would also keep their benefits, according to the memo.
The Electric Power Authority (PREPA) reiterated that “no regular employee” will be left without work as a result of the contract awarded to the LUMA Energy consortium for the operation of the electrical system.
Through a written communication sent yesterday, Monday, to all PREPA employees, the director of Human Resources of the public corporation, Marc Thys, stated that workers “who do not accept LUMA's job offer” will be transferred to another entity governmental . The same will happen to those employees “who cannot be assigned to another area” of PREPA.
In the memo, of which El Nuevo Día obtained a copy, Thys stated that, by virtue of the Law to Transform the Electricity System (Law 120-2018), no worker will lose their employment and benefits, including privileges, obligations and status regarding any existing pension system.
Transfers to other public agencies would be made under the Law for the Administration and Transformation of Human Resources in the Government (Law 8-2017). This management would be led by the Office of Administration and Transformation of Human Resources in the Government.
“All employees who are currently members of the Authority's Retirement System will have the option of maintaining said status and continuing to make their contributions. This option will be available to those employees who choose to transfer to another entity, “said Thys.
For his part, the president of the Union of Electrical and Irrigation Industry Workers (Utier), Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo, indicated that the Thys memo “shows a degree of desperation” and “clearly establishes that with LUMA there is no job stability ”.
“(LUMA) can employ you now and tomorrow it can fire you according to the labor reform … according to a new company that is going to arrive here,” said Figueroa Jaramillo in a video that he posted today, Tuesday, on his social networks and directed to PREPA workers.
Now look at the message from the president of the UTIER, Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo about the memo sent yesterday by Human Resources.
Posted by UTIER Oficial on Tuesday, September 29, 2020
He reported that the Utier registration decided not to undergo the process of job interviews that LUMA will soon start and that, given this reality, PREPA's management is already requesting workers to move voluntarily to another public agency.
“But no. We don't have to move. We have to continue the fight, and the management colleagues (of PREPA) have to join the fight, because they are the first to eliminate, ”he said.
According to Figueroa Jaramillo, PREPA's “concern” is that it would be difficult to relocate the thousands of employees who choose not to join LUMA to other areas of the government, and it would be equally difficult for the consortium to recruit local workers with experience in the electric system.
“I am convinced that we are going to defeat LUMA. But, in the hypothetical case that LUMA arrives, they will have the problem of where to locate us because we have a job guarantee ”, he stressed.
The contract between LUMA and the government was signed just over three months ago and the transition between the parties has already been 25-30% complete. It is a 15-year contract for $ 1.5 billion .