The Union of United Public Servants of Puerto Rico took advantage of the Labor Day commemoration to present a concern for the safety of public and private workers who have had to return to their workplaces in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In front of the monument to Santiago Iglesias Pantín, the syndic and spokesman for the union, Benjamín Borges, demanded action from the government to protect the safety of these employees and a commitment by the aspiring governor to the well-being of the workers.
“We want to highlight the need to protect the health and safety of Puerto Rican workers. In the days of Santiago Iglesias Pantín, the main demands were different: the eight-hour day, the salary that was $ 1. Times have changed, but the workers’ needs are there ”, he said.
Before placing a wreath in front of the monument, he stressed that most agencies have not delivered the certification that guarantees that they are taking measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. He assured that this is a problem in both the public and private sectors.
“There are still work centers that have not recovered from Irma and María and are in conditions in which the fungus exists, there are ventilation problems, problems with physical facilities,” he recalled. “At the beginning of the year, the earthquakes and all the consequences that left many centers in conditions not suitable for work began.”