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Uruguay transporters head for another day of unemployment

Uruguay’s interim transport workers went on strike for the third 24 hours on Friday, demanding higher wages and better working conditions.

The strike and service cuts are expected to coincide with a pre-planned mobilization of the interstate transport terminal in the capital Montevideo this afternoon.

Workers have also announced another unemployment day for December 23. In all cases they will reject the collective bargaining agreement signed between the employers and the government of President Luis Lacalle Pou.

They denounce the parties for ignoring demands for a pay rise. In this regard, they promise a higher salary loss in the coming months on the signed contract.

Last year, all sector transport workers suffered a 13 percent wage loss. However, employers and the government have the option of giving them a 1.3 percent increase.

It has emerged in the last hours that the National Union of Workers and Transport Workers (Unott) is examining whether a general strike could be called in the coming weeks.

Juan Arelano, the leader of the unit, declared that there was no progress in the wage negotiations or any improvement in resolving the situation of workers in unemployment insurance for two years.

Police in riot gear stormed a rally on December 10, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.

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