Weekly Report - 10 March 2022 (WR-22-10)

URUGUAY: Trade union accused of hijacking Women’s Day

The government led by President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou accused Uruguay’s main trade union movement of trying to piggyback on International Women’s Day on 8 March by electing to stage a general strike for the same day ahead of a crucial national referendum at the end of the month. The Plenario Intersindical de Trabajadores-Convención Nacional de Trabajadores (PIT-CNT) umbrella trade union denied deliberately politicising an event designed to improve gender equality. The PIT-CNT said it had opted to organise a strike for the same day because working women were victims of the labour reforms contained within the Lacalle Pou administration’s 476-article Ley de Urgente Consideración (LUC), nearly a third of which it is hoping to overturn in the referendum on 27 March.

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