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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