Thousands of protesters crowded this noon in front of the Legislative Palace of Uruguay, in Montevideo, within the framework of the day of
general strike and march
called by the single union of workers, PIT-CNT, against the government project to reform social security , an initiative that he considers negative for popular interests.
The president of the PIT-CNT, Marcelo Abdala, described the mobilization as "very good" in a brief dialogue with Télam from the doors of Congress, where he was scheduled to speak later before the crowd.
In calling the protest, the union leader criticized the plan to increase the retirement age and thus the number of working years.
At the same time, he affirmed that "for massive contingents of the working class it generates fewer rights, taking away conditions that have nothing to do with the country's traditions. It must be remembered that social security is born from the Salary Councils and collective bargaining Social security is a mechanism for the protection of the people, from which the market economy does not solve", according to what was published by the local newspaper
Caras y Caretas
He also remarked that social security implies rights of children and others that are generated when a worker dies, alluding to widow's pensions.
The project of the president Luis Lacalle Pou for the reform of the retirements fell badly in the unions.
He affirmed that this project "implies
, maintains a perspective in which the majority sectors of the population are losing rights," and added that "the majority of the population does not share this pension reform."
what the government says
On the other hand, the Minister of Labor and Social Security, Pablo Mieres, affirmed this Thursday that the reform that the government intends to approve is not detrimental to workers.
"If not, I would not agree," he said in statements to channel 10.
He added that "extending the retirement age is inevitable" and questioned the PIT-CNT and the Broad Front for criticizing the project without presenting an alternative.
"There was never an alternative document. Opposing something is a cake," she claimed.
The minister affirmed that "the reform is necessary", for which he expressed his disagreement with the strike against the project that already has half a sanction from the Senate.
"I do not agree that today there is a protest against a rule that I think is necessary," he said.
At the same time, he defended that 80 delegations "of all kinds" were received for the assembly of the project." "It is much more than the famous dialogue that the Broad Front generated in 2008," he compared.
Due to the mobilization,
traffic was cut off
at some points on the Parliamentary ring road, causing detours and alterations that complicated mobility in the area, with major traffic jams, for example, on Colombia Street, one of the exit routes from the Palacio towards the port boulevard, illustrated the Underlined portal.
In the early hours of the morning there were no traffic inspectors in the area to organize and divert the vehicles that got into a kind of funnel when they reached the Parliament area and were unable to continue along the ring road towards the Center.
France, paralyzed and under tension in the most massive mobilization against the pension reform
Luis Lacalle Pou said that creating a common currency in Mercosur "is crazy"