As rolling strikes began, 13 power plants were not functioning by the afternoon. The company declared an "amber alert," indicating periodic interruptions to the supply of electricity could be expected at peak usage times.
Workers object to a government plan to privatize 17 percent of its majority stake in the corporation, and the creation of a subsidy to sell about 30 percent of the electrical output to private investors.
The sale of part of the government's portion of the corporation is a demand by the
Workers' unions have contended electricity is a commodity that needs to remain under state control.
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