Venezuela Protests for Salary Improvements Continue

Thousands in Venezuela Protest To Demand Higher Wages and Basic Services
Thousands of Venezuelan workers, professionals, and retirees, have held simultaneous protests across the country in demand of higher wages, dollarization of income, and improvement in basic services. This, according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict (OVSC).

The OVSC reported 28 protests in 10 of the 23 states and cited teachers from Fe y Alegría schools as some of the “protagonists of the peaceful demonstrations”. The greatest demands were for improvements to salaries, as well as basic services.

Rubén González, a trade unionist, reported that at least 10 protesters from the basic companies in Guayana were arrested last week while demonstrating to demand better wages and compliance with collective agreements.

President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, also called on Tuesday for the whole nation to take to the streets and protest against the sanctions of the United States. He asked the working class to take this initiative in all states, following the example of the workers of Guayana.

The Venezuelan minimum wage, set by the government, is about seven dollars a month. Families need fifty times that amount to sustain themselves. Maduro and the OVSC have asked the people of Venezuela to protest in order to demand better lives for all of its citizens.

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