Tuesday, June 6, 2023

General strike in Uruguay for rejection of pension reform

The president of the trade union center, Marcelo Abdala, said after the meeting that “it is increasingly clear that the reform is detrimental to the interests of many working people”.

Abdala confirmed that it is “the most serious action of the working class”, and warned that the reform will also affect “all those sectors, let’s say SMEs, which have their interests linked to the internal demand, the internal market. The reform moves the age. rent, with the current technological revolution should call us to negotiate about the social fair distribution of available work” and also about “reducing pensions”.

“We want a country based on productive work, on knowledge, based on turning some questions into real human rights, such as health, education, housing…”. To a relative, Abdala described the mobilization as “excellent” and said that “the fight will continue.”

“It is important to know that social security was born from salary councils and collective agreements. Social security is a mechanism to protect people, not to solve the problems of those who manage the commercial economy,” Abdala said in a press conference. before the convocation. The trade unionist stated that, although the center of the trade union agrees that there is a reform of social security, it must be of a different kind, with dialogue and social dialogue.

From the podium of the union, Enrique Méndez said that the reform is “brutal and criminal” to impose the executive power “as an inhuman synthesis of the adjustment process that has been accepted”. Méndez indicated that the government “takes retirement and pension reform as a bulwark to continue today for the popular and vulnerable parts of our society.”

The main Uruguayan unions will strike tomorrow in the rejection of the pension that the government of Luis Lacalle Pou has already announced, similar to the one that has been achieved in France and has generated protests for several days.

This strike, promoted by the PIT-CNT, occurs when the plan has half of the sanction in Congress, after it was debated in the Senate at the end of the previous year, and whatever is left must be approved by the Deputies.

Until now, the retirement age in Uruguay is 60 years, but with the new information, a variable calculation arises between 63 and 65, depending on the year of birth of each worker and the contributions made. Therefore, those who were born in 1973, 63 in 2036; of the year 1974 with 64 years 2038; and in 2040 ii 1975, with 65 .

The measure generated the opposition of the main unions, which tomorrow will march from the University of the Republic to the Law Palace under the slogan “To my future and to yours”.

The depth of adhesion is expected, except that each part will join the slot at a different time according to its activity. A similar reform was recently applied by the government of Emmanuel Macron in France, raising the retirement age from 62 to 64, and generating protests throughout the country.

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