Half a million on strike across Colombia

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 17 May 2017

On 16th May more than half a million Colombians took to the streets in protest against pay and working conditions in the country. Fecode, the largest teacher's union, reported that more than 350,000 primary and secondary school teachers marched in Colombia's main cities. They have been on strike for a week to call for greater investment in the public education system and for the government to fulfil agreements to raise teachers' salaries.

They were joined by public workers from the prison system INPEC, the tax agency DIAN and the judicial workers union ASONAL. The union representing prison workers also announced an indefinite strike on Tuesday in protest against the chronic overcrowding of Colombia's prisons and unregulated working hours.

In the department of Chocó, Colombia's poorest region, citizens have called a civic strike to demand the government takes action on poverty, corruption and years of neglect. They are calling for investment in infrastructure, healthcare and protection against the actions of armed groups in the region. In Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca, Colombia's major port, workers marched against rampant unemployment, subcontracting and informal working conditions.

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