Labor groups oppose government reforms to combat unemployment, plan national protest in March

Feb 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Organizations representing workers say they will stage a national strike in March in opposition to new government rules aimed at reducing unemployment. The Workers Union of Ecuador calls the rules “criminal” and a capitulation to large companies.

Protesters last week in Pichincha Province.

Protesters last week in Pichincha Province.

The strike has been called for March 17 in major cities, including Quito, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Ambato and Machala.

The union objects to the recently announced relaxation of rules governing short-term labor contracts, giving businesses the option to reduce workers’ hours, and the elimination of the minimum wage requirement for young and apprentice workers.

The Workers Union also claims that the reduction of working hours will make many workers ineligible for the new unemployment insurance program being instituted by the government through the Social Security system.

“The reforms are all being imposed at the expense of workers,” says Eduardo Ortega of the Workers Union. “This government has been supported by the workers because it claimed to represent our interests and now things have changed. They have turned against us.”

Ortega said that his union is considering the candidate to support in the 2017 presidential elections but has not yet made a decision. “After the strike, we will turn our attention to politics,” he said.



Dani News

Hogar Esperanza News

Google ad

Amazon Eco Lodge News

Fund Grace News

Happy Life

Property 38 acres News

Google ad

Property Manabi News

Property Challuabamba News

The Cuenca Dispatch

Week of July 21

Wilman Terán and Maribel Barreno Avoid Censure in Impeachment Trial.

Read more

Providing Drinking Water to 10,000 People in Rural Ecuador: A Challenge Aiming to Change Lives.

Read more

Ecuadorians’ Harrowing Journeys: Personal Stories of Risking Lives to Reach the USA.

Read more