Assumption Mar 4 (Entravision) .- The largest trade unions in Paraguay today rejected an offer of dialog offered by the Government to avoid the first general strike against the president, Horacio Cartes, and confirmed that the mobilization force as it continues the recent wage increase is insufficient.
According to EFE reported trade union sources, five of the six largest organizations of workers refused today to sit in the table of dialog and delivered to the Government in a joint statement that showed their disagreement with the last wage increase of 10 per cent and asked to be a 25.
Only the National Workers’ Confederation (CNT) was to talk with their partners, including the job holder, Guillermo Sosa. But its leaders were assured that he was informed that support the general strike on March 26.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the six biggest plants of the country, including the CNT and the Central Unitaria de Trabajadores – Authentic (CUT-A) .
“was an invitation to season and have been sincere he would have summoned before the adjustment”, told EFE Victor Ferreira, secretary general of the CUT-A.
“The strike is still standing. If we will stay for the meeting was by respect. For us a 10 per cent salary increase is not enough without a price control when the food continue to rise”, told EFE Grupo Antolin Lopez, chief of press of the CNT.
After the encounter with the CNT, Sosa stated in conversation with the National Radio that the Government’s intention is “to continue this dialog to go building not on the basis of the conflict and to the strikes and the fight, but through work” .
however, Ferreira described as “balloon”, the so-called the dialog with the Government.
At the end of February, with the strike has already convened and almost the entire opposition resting it, the president Cartes approved an increase in the minimum wage of 10 %, now It is located in 1.82 million guaranies per month (405 dollars), compared to the previous 1.65 million guaranies (368 dollars) .
“They want to pretend to the people who are having conversations, which no longer makes sense for us,” added the union leader.
The organizations that support the strike are grouped under the Democratic Coordinator, which also includes peasant associations and student and the¡ Guasã (Broad Front), the party of former President Fernando Lugo, now senator.
In addition to the readjustment of the minimum wage of 25 %, demand the repeal of the law known as public-private partnership, which they say is intended “to privatize public services and to deliver the national heritage to foreign capital” .
however, the Government considers it essential for Ensure foreign investment and he was one of the most prominent campaign promises of Cartes.