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Weekly Report - 05 May 2016 (WR-16-17)

BOLIVIA: Morales and COB strike deal but unrest persists

The Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) government led by President Evo Morales and the Central Obrera Boliviana (COB) umbrella trade union last week agreed on a 6% general salary increase and a 9% increase in the national minimum wage for this year. While rejected by the private sector, the deal, over what has been a thorny issue in recent years, was a bonus for Morales. However it comes as his government has faced heavy criticism over its handling of a dispute stemming from demands put forward by the disability sector.

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