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Weekly Report - 07 February 2019 (WR-19-05)

Ecuador’s unions join indigenous in protesting against Moreno

Ecuador’s largest trade union movement Frente Unitario de Trabajadores (FUT) joined part of the umbrella indigenous organisation Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas (Conaie) last week in staging nationwide protests against the economic measures implemented by the government led by President Lenín Moreno. The FUT accused the government of prioritising large economic groups and banks, instead of taking into account proposals presented by workers and social sectors to help plug Ecuador’s fiscal deficit. The government, for its part, called for peace and dialogue, and described its economic measures as necessary to solve the crisis afflicting state finances.

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