Six sectors oppose dialogue and ratify protests against the law

In an extraordinary national meeting yesterday, the trade unions and five other mobilized sectors decided to reiterate their call for the repeal of Law 1386 and to refuse to enter into dialogue with the government. They also announced that they would increase pressure since Monday and demand the release of those arrested and detained in the recent mobilizations.

“We decide that the government will annul Law 1386 and we have decided to continue the mobilized open-ended strike, which is open-ended. While some comrades paralyze, others have to block, others have to march, “said the executive secretary of the Bolivian Gremiales, Francisco Figueroa, when reading the resolutions of the approximately two-hour extension at the headquarters of the municipal teachers of Cochabamba.

The union federation of Bolivia, the Bolivian Chamber of National and International Transport (CBT), the International Chamber of Heavy Transport of Cochabamba, the Union of Medical Branches of Public Health (Fesirmes) of Santa Cruz, the Union of Medical Branches of Public Health were involved in the expansion (Sirmes) of Cochabamba and the neighborhood councils of the department.

Figueroa said that a letter would be sent to the ministers who convened the dialogue to indicate the position of the sectors and to inform them of their non-attendance at the meeting.

“As mobilized sectors, we demand a minimum of respect for this week of unemployment. This minimum of respect should be reflected in a formal appeal; however, we did not receive it. The government continues to use the wrong strategies to split the sectors, but they are again wrong. In this sense, the motion to repeal Law 1386 will be ratified without dialogue, without socialization, because we are already in the mobilization phase, ”said the President of the Bolivian Chamber of National and International Transport (CBT), Alfredo Borja.

He pointed out that the sector had been trying unsuccessfully for a month to get into conversation with lawmakers. “They did not receive us, we declared an emergency, they did not take care of it and now they are finishing up inviting other sectors (for dialogue) and not the mobilized ones,” he said. This in connection with the signing of an agreement between the Ministry of Public Works and the representatives of the International Freight Transport Cooperatives, which consists of five points related to Law 1386.

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The President of the International Chamber of Heavy Haulage, Héctor Mercado, said they will resume blockades in various parts of the city from Monday and ratified that the sector “will not participate in the dialogue until Law 1386 is fully repealed”.

For its part, Cochabamba Trade Union Bureau César Gonzáles said that if the government agrees to repeal the law, the sector will sit at work desks “to touch” the other laws that are being obeyed.

He also added that those arrested and detained in the various departments during the last days of mobilization “do not appear to have been released” and are therefore demanding their immediate release.

“The mobilization continues throughout the national territory. We will not negotiate. All of us who have spoken out are still out on the streets, ”he said. He warned that “possibly” the government “will bring people to do socialization tomorrow,” but those on the streets “will not participate”.

The President of the Federation of Neighborhood Councils (Fedjuve), Pedro Luna, announced that he would meet with the OTB and not rule out joining the mobilizations and blockades. The extension ended with requests for “annulment without negotiation”.

Sirmes: “You got us with a gag”

The meeting was also attended by the Association of Medical Specialists in Public Health (Fesirmes) of Santa Cruz and the Association of Medical Specialists in Public Health (Sirmes) of Cochabamba; However, they indicated that due to the pandemic, the sector would continue to provide health services but would support the mobilizations with other measures.

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“We are mobilized as an industry. But we currently have a gag, that is the Emergency Health Act, which does not allow us to stop in these times of the pandemic, but we will take part in these mobilizations, in everything that is planned from this multisectoral project, for example, “said the executive director of Sirmes, Yuri Lazarte.

“We have marked a line and it is the repeal of Law 1386. The law has to be repealed and then we set up dialogue tables to work on other pending issues like economic reactivation and health,” he said.

Fesirmes Executive Director Sergio Echazú said that they have supported multisectoral mobilizations in their region with trade unions and transport companies since their inception. “We are convinced of all the outrage the government is causing with this law, which violates constitutional and trade union rights.” He denounced, “We are making claims about the violation of the Santa Cruz health system and the government’s economic cuts. That means we will have Bolivians without a good health system ”.

They recommend stocking up

The executive secretary of the Bolivian Gremiales, Francisco Figueroa, recommended that the population of Potosí and Santa Cruz stock up on blockades this weekend in view of the intensification of the protest measures since Monday.

“It’s an internal problem, only in Potosí and Santa Cruz, which is a total strike; it was delivered today (yesterday) and no market will open in Bolivia as of Monday, ”he said.

The board of directors of the trade unions in Cochabamba, César Gonzáles, also recommended that the people of Cochabamba stock up on the announcements of the blockade.

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