By Arthur Dhont
On 9 May, Bolivia’s Central Obrera Boliviana (COB), the country’s largest trade union, started a three-day national strike in response to the government’s passing of Supreme Decree 1126, which extends daily working hours in the medical sector from six to eight.
The strike follows two days of protests led by the COB in April against government proposals to increase the minimum wage and public sector pay which, they argue, are inadequate.
Other recent protests have seen transport workers in La Paz, again with the support of the COB, mobilise against a law that will regulate public sector transport in Bolivia’s de facto capital. Indigenous groups continue to protest against government plans to build a road through the Isiboro Secure Indigenous Territoryand National Park (TIPNIS).
This surge in protests is symptomatic of a serious crisis in Bolivian politics, increasing the risks faced by companies operating in the country and threatening to safety and business continuity. (more…)