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Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 18:00:54 CST
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From: Workers World Service <>
Subject: Workers Around the World 12/21/95

General strike fights wage cuts, privatizations

Workers World, 21 December 1995

On Dec. 6, workers in Uruguay's banks, schools and public- transit system walked out to protest plans for wage cuts and selling off state-owned industries. An official at the state Banco de la Republica Uruguay told Reuter: "There is zero activity in the banking an financial system. It feels like a public holiday." Only the bare bones of service were kept up in transit, while health workers treated only emergencies.

The PIT-CNT trade union federation called the 24-hour strike as Congress debated a new austerity budget presented by the Julio Sanguinetti administration.

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