The Central Obrera Boliviana (COB) announced a work stoppage for 48 hours with demonstrations on 21st and 22nd March. The protest is to reject the 10% wage increase decreed by the government.
The workers are demanding the repeal of Supreme Decree 809, which provides wage increases of 10%. They are calling for government to genuinely revive national productivity.
The COB is demanding wages increase by 30% because of the high inflation that exists in the country.
Union leaders felt that the government unilaterally imposed the salary increase, so the measure was rejected.
They also rejected the announced integration of all health funds to the unified health system. They saw the move as “curtailing the autonomy of administrative and financial management of short-term security”.
Pedro Montes, executive secretary of the COB, announced that Wednesday 23rd there will be a delegate meeting to assess the strike.
Octavio Urquizo, Secretary of Transportation for the COB, said the dialogue with the government should be directly with the president, Evo Morales, because “the ministers have lost credibility”.
Ten days ago the Bolivian president declared a wage increase of 10% for the areas of teaching, health, armed forces and police. He also implemented a 20% increase to the minimum wage
Story courtesy of Agencia Púlsar, the news agency of Amarc-Alc