Salvadoran trade unionists demand an end to “massive” layoffs in the State

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San Salvador, Oct 31 (EFE) .- Different Salvadoran unions demanded this Sunday the cessation of the “massive” layoffs in the three state bodies and the alleged “threat” to their job stability by the Government.

At least 200 people gathered in the capital of El Salvador to march through some of its main streets to demand their labor rights and commemorate the National Trade Union Day.

“We are demonstrating and demanding that the Government respect the labor laws, that the massive dismissals that are taking place in the different State portfolios cease,” Ulises Perla, secretary of the Workers’ Union of the Ministry of Public Works, told reporters.

He assured that only in the Legislative Assembly there have been some 1,600 “unjustified and arbitrary dismissals” since the new legislature, with a pro-government majority, took office last May.

The general secretary of the Legislative Assembly Workers’ Union, Luis Ortega, regretted the dismissals and also rejected the adoption of bitcoin as legal tender, as well as the constitutional reform promoted by the Government.

Since last September 15, there have been three marches with thousands of Salvadorans against the policies of the Nayib Bukele government for the adoption of bitcoin, the lack of transparency and what various sectors consider an “authoritarian” drift.

Decisions by Congress and the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), which are indicated to be related to the Executive, have also been questioned in the protests, such as the dismissal of judges and the authorization of immediate presidential re-election.

The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador recently prohibited public and private concentrations other than sports and cultural until December due to the rise in cases of covid-19, while the president of this state body, Ernesto Castro, denied that the measure be it to prevent protests against the government.

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The director for the Americas of Human Rights Watch (HRW), José Miguel Vivanco, warned that the decree approved in Congress would seek to “stop” protests against the government. EFE

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