Ecuadorian unions postpone mobilizations due to the pandemic | News
Social organizations in Ecuador, including the Unitary Front of Workers (FUT) and the National Union of Educators (UNE), reported this Friday that, due to the uptick in Covid-19 infections, they decided to postpone the mobilizations called for January 19 against the economic policy of President Guillermo Lasso and his lack of dialogue with popular sectors.
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During a press conference, the leaders of the unions stressed that they are postponing the mobilization, although they did not specify a new date for the call.
In this regard, the president of the General Union of Workers (UGTE), José Villavicencio, told Lasso that “postponing is not suspending it. It is not giving up,” he said.
The mobilization, the first in 2022, was called by the FUT and the UNE, and received the support of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie).
Among other issues, the Ecuadorian unions demand that the Executive freeze the price of fuel, review its labor policy, to which they point out its precarious working conditions, and the payment of the State’s debt with the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS).
For its part, the UNE also rejected the decree to return to face-to-face classes in coincidence with the peak of positives for Covid-19 in the nation. They point out that this decision was not consulted with the teachers nor did it take into account that many schools do not have minimum hygiene conditions.
In this regard, the leader of the Medical Federation, Alberto Narváez, told local media that according to his calculations in the country there would be between 15,000 and 20,000 infected per day.
The expert urged the Lasso government to deal with the epidemic and vaccines, but also with hunger, unemployment, deteriorating mental health and the uptick in violence.
Previously, the union leaders pointed out that the rise in fuel prices is one of the causes of the increase in the cost of living in the country. In addition, they criticized the Executive for refusing to discuss the most pressing problems of the nation.
Last October, Lasso temporarily froze gasoline prices, but above the demands of social organizations.