Colombia: Nationwide Strike Towards Duque's Labor Reforms

The Unitary Central of Employees of Colombia (CUT) introduced a day of protests and a common strike in opposition to Colombian President Ivan Duque’s proposals regarding labor and pension reforms. The group can also be calling for peace within the nation the place at the very least 52 former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been killed this yr alone.


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CUT spokesperson mentioned that on Oct. 10 they are going to maintain the primary avenue protests together with college college students for the correct to display after a number of universities within the capital area of Bogota had been attacked, unprovoked, by state safety forces through the previous month. A second protest is scheduled for Oct. 17 in all division capitals in opposition to the authorities’s labor and pension reforms. Demonstrations on the nationwide degree are scheduled for Nov. 21 in opposition to the identical reforms.

“We’ll denounce the assaults on peace and human rights, particularly the genocide in opposition to social actions,” CUT declared Wednesday.

Based on the CUT assertion, Duque desires “to treatment with extra of the identical cuts in state expenditures to schooling and well being, … and impose new taxes on the individuals, and proceed in free commerce treaties.”

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All organizations concerned in these demonstrations expressed that they are going to defend the constitutional proper to protest in Colombia.

The CUT reported that the brand new labor insurance policies that the president of Colombia intends to formalize would deteriorate the labor sector, so they’re keen to show to the streets to display in opposition to them. Among the many proposed modifications are to: set up ​​​​​​​hourly wages by area, and the elimination of extra time, weekend and vacation pay, alongside with the compensation bundle when dismissed from a job.

Additionally they identified that President Duque is attempting to “improve the age at which employees can withdrawl their pension, improve the contribution, … and set up an particular person financial savings system, which eliminates solidarity,” says the CUT. ​​​​​​​