Puerto Rican workers strike against COVID-19 danger

This 11 May 2020 United States CBS TV video says about itself:

Puerto Rico slowly reopening economy despite rising numbers of COVID-19 cases

Puerto Rico is slowly rolling out its plan to reopen the economy after two months of strict lockdowns. Associated Press correspondent Danica Coto joins CBSN to preview what that plan looks like, how the island is struggling to feed children, and if the U.S. will include earthquake recovery funding in its next stimulus package. She also gave an update on the investigation into the homicide of two transgender women in Puerto Rico.

From the World Socialist Web Site, 19 May 2020:

Puerto Rican highway workers refuse to go to work over COVID-19 concerns

Workers for the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority (ACT by its Spanish acronym) stayed at home on May 12 in an effort to get the agency to comply with protocols to safeguard them from COVID-19. The workers are members of the ProSol Utier union.

In a press statement, the union said that 18 ACT work centers were idled because of the lack of protective clothing and equipment like masks, gloves, soap and sanitizer. It added, “Social distancing measures were not taken, work areas were not disinfected, nor were personnel given guidance on protocols established by the agency and the commitments established previously by the union in a meeting held on May 8.”

The statement referred to Executive Order 2020-38—issued by the administration of Wanda Vázquez on May 1—which permits the phased reopening of some businesses. It allows businesses to submit applications to the Puerto Rico Occupational Safety and Health Administration (PROSHA) of their “self-certified” plans to make their workplaces safe.

Workers in health, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment manufacture, as well as the Banco Popular and Walmart, submitted over 680 complaints to PROSHA between March 14 and April 29, according to a Center for Investigative Journalism report. By May 17, the number of COVID-19 cases was 2,646 with 123 deaths.

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