Uruguay’s single trade union center (PIT-CNT) called for a general strike this Wednesday against the economic and social policies of the Luis Lacalle Pou government, under the slogan “In defense of the land, health, decent housing. We stop against hunger”.
“It will be one of the most important mobilizations in the last ten years”, assured the general secretary of the PIT-CNT, Marcelo Abdala.
The strike will begin at 10 am in Montevideo and an hour later the rally will take place in front of the Legislative Palace, from where the march through the center of the Uruguayan capital will begin. “We will have an impressive mobilization in its content and in its quality,” Abdala anticipated at a press conference.
The slogans of the general strike, called by the PIT-CNT but also by other sectors and social movements, include the defense of public education, the demand for housing and food plans, and in repudiation of the cuts that Lacalle Pou proposes to make to the budget of the National Colonization Institute (INC), which deals with the distribution of land to small producers throughout the country and provides financial assistance.
“With Artigas for the great national majorities; may the most unhappy be the most privileged,” the PIT-CNT claims the video calling for the mobilization that will have its epicenter in Montevideo, but that in the case of protests over cuts in the INC has already started in several rural towns in the country.
“The PIT-CNT and the entire popular camp are trying to increase their level of initiative and mobilization. This policy of radical adjustment against the rights and income of the vast majority of the population that this government has been applying will imply more initiative and more mobilization of the workers, “said Abdala.
Activities and services during unemployment
There will be no classes at any of the levels, because the education unions all join, just like the banking ones. On the other hand, the National Union of Workers and Transport Workers (Unott) announced that it adheres to the slogans and will join the mobilization, but will maintain its services to facilitate the movement of the protesters.
The Medical Union (SMU) and the Uruguayan Health Federation (FUS) will stop from 8 to 15, and the Federation of Public Health Officials 24 hours a day. However, the vaccination plan will not stop and the guards will be attended to.
The Minister of Economy, Azucena Arbeleche, for her part, criticized the protest although she acknowledged that “happily the country lives in democracy” and, therefore, unemployment is “an absolutely valid instrument.”