A judge in Puerto Rico has indicted several state electric company workers accused of refusing to restore power because of an ongoing strike.
Police said Saturday that five workers are accused of interrupting essential services. One worker also is charged with preventing a colleague from working.
Hundreds of members of one of the island's strongest unions are on strike to demand higher wages and improved benefits.
The strike comes just as thousands of people in the island's south were left without power following heavy rains from the outer bands of Hurricane Sandy.
The Electric Energy Authority has said it cannot raise wages without raising power bills. Puerto Ricans already pay rates that are on average twice that of the U.S. mainland.