Date: Tue, 25 Nov 97 10:23:09 CST
From: &Workers World& <email@example.com>
Organization: WW Publishers
Subject: Workers around the world: 11/27/97
Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the November 27, 1997
issue of Workers World newspaper
Workers Around the World:
Dominican Republic. Keep up Pressure
Workers World, 27 November 1997
In the aftermath of a successful two-day strike in the
Dominican Republic, organizers are calling for continuing
pressure on the government. On Nov. 14, two days after the
general strike was lifted, the Committee of People's
Organization, Unions, and Drivers warned that a similar
demonstration will be called in February if the groups'
demands are not met.
Millions of Dominicans braved military threats during the
Nov. 11-12 strike. The country stood still on the first day
of the strike. On the second day, participation stood at 90
percent in the south of the country, 85 percent in Santo
Domingo, and close to 100 percent in Cibao, according to
Committee spokes person Luz Zeneida Mejia. That was despite
calls from some sectors of the strike leadership to lift the
&The people are on our side,& she said.
The strike followed months of protests against daily
electrical outages, skyrocketing prices and low wages.
President Leonel Fernandez has presided over severe
austerity measures in his first year in office. He announced
after the strike that the government would step up plans to
sell food at lower rates.
Business leaders estimated that the strike cost bosses
some $72 million.
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