Bolivia Insists on Talks with Labor Sectors

La Paz, May 7 (Prensa Latina) The government of President Evo Morales called Bolivian Worker Confederation (COB) leaders to hold talks, in order to find solutions to the unjustified protest against the 5-percent wage increase announced for 2010.

  In a letter sent to the COB, the head of the Multinational State goes in depth into the reasons that prevent the national economy from taking another type of measure.

To the Executive, increasing that percentage even more would mean to endanger the national economic future with possible inflation.

Bartolina Siza Farmer Women Confederation Executive Leonilda Zurita said talks with the government isthe only way to to solve the labor conflict.

Viceminister of Coordination with Social Movements Edgardo Vasquez also presented a note calling the COB to a meeting on Friday with Vicepresident Alvaro Garcia to resume those talks.

Some mining leaders, as Guido Mitma, think that it is just a plan to distract demonstrators.

COB top leader Pedro Montes said there is willingness to hold talks, though an indefinite general strike and a march from Caracollo, Oruro, to La Paz was announced for Monday.

Source: Prensa Latina

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