Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 22:10:42 -0600 (CST)
Social security workers will begin to strike today
From The Grassroots Media Network, Tuesday 16 November 1999
San Salvador, Nov 14 (EFE).- Workers from the Salvadoran Social Security Institute (ISSS) said Sunday that an open-ended strike for higher wages will begin today.
Oscar Aguilar, secretary general of the ISSS Workers' Union, said that hospital and administrative operations around the country will be interrupted because negotiations on wage increases and other matters "reached a standstill."
ISSS employees, who have organized eight strikes in the past year, decided on the new work stoppage after the Legislative Assembly authorized an employee wage increase for Supreme Court of Justice staff members on Thursday.
President Francisco Flores criticized the ISSS strike and said that those who will be most affected are the system's users and the strikers themselves, given that they will suffer sanctions, which include deductions for the days not worked.
Flores said that the government cannot give raises. According to ISSS spokesmen, the adjustment would cost the state some 75 million colons (8.6 million dollars).
Agencia EFE S.A.
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