As we, from the union of Luz y Fuerza de Mar del Plata, have been warning through different communiqués, reports, leaflets and protest caravans, the electrical situation of the Mar del Plata city, and its surrounding areas, is very serious.
Last Saturday, January 21st, there were blackouts and low voltage in different points of Mar del Plata, Camet, Santa Clara and Mar de Cobo. Problems have also been registered in Sierra de los Padres and Chapadmalal.
In this opportunity, EDEA S.A. COULD NOT AVOID ENERGY CUTS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, as it always does, by cutting electricity in peripheral and poorer neighbourhoods when it lacks power. Many businesses and shops which were affected continued to function because they thought ahead and installed their own power generators.
Through different press releases EDEA S.A. is trying to justify, with technical details, the failures in equipment or lines of the distribution system, thus trying to establish that these are normal situations due to the heat, the air conditioners and the arrival of a large number of tourists. Our union denies this and ratifies that the problem is the lack of investment and the lack of trained and qualified personnel.
At the same time, there were also serious problems Saturday at the Central 9 de Julio power plant, because the system is so overburdened that there were failures in two generator sets, both of which were later out of order.
Despite the fact that after 20 years of struggle we managed to bring two new turbine generators, which are being installed, the Central also suffers from lack of personnel for its correct operation. Central 9 de Julio is a company that belongs to the government of the Province of Buenos Aires.
Unfortunately, EDEA S.A. and the provincial government ARE PARTNERS in the personnel reduction and divestment policies currently carried out. It is noticeable how the Government is turning a “blind eye” to the illegal operation of EDEA S.A. and the maintenance of an unconstitutional seasonal rate (T1RE).
The number of claims received at Customer Care Center (which incredibly has only 9 people for all Mar del Plata, Chapadmalal, Camet, Sierra de los Padres and Santa Clara) due to appliances damaged by low voltage has increased dramatically.
It has been widely demonstrated that what our union has been warning about, is absolutely real. Meanwhile, cuts and low voltage in the area will continue.
USERS AT GENERAL PUEYRREDON DO NOT DESERVE THIS!