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Salvadoran trade unionists call for an end to “massive” layoffs in the state

San Salvador, Oct. 31 (EFE) .- Various Salvadoran unions this Sunday demanded an end to 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 El Salvador’s capital to march through some of its main streets to claim their rights at work and commemorate National Trade Union Day.

“We demonstrate and demand that the government respect labor laws, that the massive layoffs taking place in the various state portfolios stop,” Ulises Perla, secretary of the Workers’ Union of the Ministry of Public Works, told reporters. .

He assured that there have only been in the Legislative Assembly 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 layoffs and also rejected the adoption of bitcoin as legal tender, as well as the constitutional reform promoted by the government.

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

Decisions by Congress and the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ), which are said to be executive-related, have also been called into question in protests, such as the dismissal of judges and the authorization of presidential re-election immediate.

El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly recently banned public and private non-sporting and cultural concentrations until December due to the increase in covid-19 cases, while the president of this state body, Ernesto Castro, denied that the measure is to prevent protests. against the government.

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

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