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Bolivia: Workers's strike affected major cities.

La Paz : Bolivia | Apr 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM PDT
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On Wednesday, the Central Workers marched in their struggle for wage increases which would cover the "basket" of a typical family. The measure did not impact on the export of gas or the work of the mining sector.

The government and the Bolivian Workers Central (COB) bet on the dialogue in search of a difficult rapprochement between the formal proposal to raise wages between 7 and 15% and labor demand to increase tenfold the current national minimum.

"Do not declare victory the government, because this is only the beginning of an uphill battle," said the leader of the COB, Juan Carlos Trujillo, after leading a march that paralyzed for two hours the center of La Paz.

The demonstration also included medical and public health officials, who on Monday performed a separate strike, teachers and university students, regular players in protests against the government of Evo Morales, whose main support are peasants and indigenous people.

Instead, the vital gas exports to Argentina and Brazil did not suffer alterations and works in state and private mining were almost completely normal, according to the leftist government.

"The government reaffirms its view that the strike of the COB had no justification, because the dialogue has just been installed, there has hardly been an initial exchange of criteria, "said Labor Minister, Daniel Santalla.

The authority, which had previously threatened to outlaw the union protest, prevented an assessment of the impact of pressure measurement. The Government has offered a comprehensive salary increase of 7, % for the public sector, which offset retail inflation gained 6.9% in 2011, and a 15% increase in the minimum wage, to locate the equivalent of 137 dollars a month.

The COB did not set a fixed percentage increase but a wage policy that allows a family of five covers a "basket" cost about $ 1,200 a month.

Dialogue is only between the government and the unions because the COB vetoed the participation of employers, as claimed by the authorities.

Traditionally, wage increases that the government decrees serve as a reference to labor-management negotiations in the private sector.

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A miner participates in a  Bolivian Union Workers (COB) protest rally in La Paz
A miner participates in a Bolivian Union Workers (COB) protest rally in La Paz
Vicky247 is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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