BOGOTA (Information) – Talks between the Colombian authorities and the unions and pupil organizations which are planning main protests this week ended with out advances on Tuesday, because the nation prepares for its third nationwide strike since late November.
A whole lot of hundreds of Colombians have participated in protests in opposition to President Ivan Duque’s social and financial insurance policies since Nov. 21, imperiling the federal government’s tax reform proposal and main Duque to announce a “nice nationwide dialogue.”
5 folks have died in reference to the demonstrations, together with a younger man killed by home made explosives on Monday within the metropolis of Medellin throughout a protest at a public college.
On Monday the federal government requested the unions and pupil teams that make up the Nationwide Strike Committee to name off the Wednesday protest and agreed to a parallel dialogue with them.
The committee rejected the request to halt the strike, persevering with to demand the federal government meet solely with them as a substitute of together with enterprise teams and others in talks.
Diogenes Orjuela, the top of the Central Union of Staff (CUT), instructed Information early on Tuesday the strike would go forward and that his group would proceed to hunt dialogue with out “circumstances on our plan of motion which we’ve got by way of December 10.”
The CUT is the nation’s most important union, with greater than 500,000 members.
The committee has made 13 calls for of the federal government, together with that it reject an increase within the pension age and a lower within the minimal wage for younger folks, each insurance policies Duque denies ever supporting.
A gathering between the committee and the federal government ended with out progress on Tuesday, with presidency official Diego Molano telling journalists that sure committee calls for couldn’t be met.
“What they’ve requested can’t be fulfilled, significantly if we solely preserve the unique and impartial negotiations,” Molano stated, including the committee’s demand that the ESMAD riot police not be current throughout demonstrations was additionally inviable.
The dying final week of 18-year-old protestor Dilan Cruz has helped gas anger on the ESMAD, protesters accuse of utilizing extreme pressure throughout crowd dispersion efforts. Cruz was fatally injured on the third day of protests by an ESMAD projectile.
Orjuela instructed journalists following Tuesday’s assembly that the negotiations will transfer ahead whereas protests proceed.
Reporting by Oliver Griffin and Luis Jaime Acosta in Bogota; Further reporting and writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Enhancing by Steve Orlofsky and Matthew Lewis