3 – Regular violations of rights
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Bolivia

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Other violations14-01-2014

On 14 January 2014, workers from the Sigma consortium, in the department of Santa Cruz, staged action to demand the payment of wages owed since the month of November 2013.

Clash between Bolivian police and union protesters06-05-2013

At least seven people were injured on 6 May 2013, in a clash between groups of demonstrators and Bolivian police, who used tear gas to clear one of the highways cut off by workers affiliated with the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB). The Deputy Interior Minister, Jorge Perez, said at a press conference that three of the injured were police and four were demonstrators who were participating in the protest the union staged near the central city of Cochabamba. Police arrested 37 people in the confrontation, but they were released a few hours later after being identified and processed. The COB led the blockades on Monday and staged a hunger strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
in state-run hospitals to demand that President Evo Morales implement changes in the pension law to improve the income of retirees.

Government agrees to COB’s demands, but slow to implement agreement02-03-2011

On 2 March, following strong protests and demonstrations by Bolivia’s unions, President Evo Morales unilaterally ordered a 10% pay increase for public employees in the education and health sectors, the police and armed forces, and a 20% increase in the minimum wage. The unions were demanding a 15% increase in the public sector. The Central Obrera Boliviana (COB) tried to negotiate with the government, but the workers finally rejected the agreement on a 10% increase. Strikes and protests were resumed. After several long hard days in La Paz, an additional 1% was secured, plus another 1% after July, subject to the availability of sufficient budget funds, hence 2% in total, bringing the rise up to 12%.

On 19 April, the COB signed an eight-point agreement with the government and called an end to the general strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
. The document established a pay increase of 11%, and the possibility of raising it to 12% for education and health workers, after indentifying a source of financing that would not lead to a fiscal deficit.

Agreement was also reached on stimulating production, the National Health Fund (CNS), full implementation of trade union immunity provisions, respect for the agreement signed in Panduro in April 2010, measures to guarantee food security and the revision of laws 2027 and 2028 on municipal and public employees, to bring them into line with the new Political Constitution of the State.

The Central Obrera Boliviana (COB) called for protest marches on 6 October to press for the implementation of the agreement signed between the trade union center and the government in April, to provide the workers with the pay rise promised. At the end of 2011, following the COB’s announcement of plans to hold new protests, the government applied the additional 2% rise agreed on.

Negotiating difficulties at San Cristóbal mine, controlled by Sumitomo23-03-2011

Workers at the San Cristóbal silver, zinc and lead mines, owned by the Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corporation, downed tools on 23 March 2011 for 12 days in support of demands for better health care benefits. The strike strike The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.

See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike
was called off at the end of this period, following the Labour Ministry’s intervention, but some of the demands have still not been met.

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