BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s authorities on Monday requested unions and scholar organizations which might be set to carry a 3rd nationwide strike in as many weeks on Wednesday to cancel the protest and agreed to union calls for to satisfy individually with the federal government.

Tons of of 1000’s of Colombians have participated in protests towards President Ivan Duque’s social and financial insurance policies over the previous two weeks, imperiling the federal government’s tax reform proposal and main Duque to announce a “nice nationwide dialogue” on social points.

“Within the face of the nationwide clamor and the financial results the strike is having, we ask them to droop the strike on the fourth of December and proceed to advance the {conversation} that we’ve,” presidency official Diego Molano advised journalists.

Main unions which might be a part of the Nationwide Strike Committee, the group that known as the unique strike on Nov. 21, have demanded the federal government meet solely with the committee, as a substitute of together with enterprise teams and others in talks.

“We’ve advised the Nationwide Strike Committee that the federal government of President Duque has all the desire for dialogue with out ultimatums, with out strain and for the nice of Colombia,” Molano stated.

“And we newly steered a parallel dialogue to the nationwide {conversation} so we are able to begin a {conversation} on the 13 factors,” he added, referring to 13 committee calls for, together with that the federal government abandon the tax reform, which would scale back duties for companies.

The federal government made the proposal to the committee on Saturday, Molano stated, however had not but obtained a solution. The Central Union of Employees (CUT) didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Demonstrators have rallied towards financial plans – comparable to an increase within the pension age and a lower to the minimal wage for younger folks – that Duque denies supporting, as nicely what they are saying is a scarcity of presidency motion to cease corruption and the killing of tons of of human rights activists.

The harm and eventual demise of 18-year-old protester Dilan Cruz has additionally motivated demonstrators, who’re calling for the ESMAD riot police to be dissolved.

Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb; Enhancing by Peter Cooney

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