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Uruguay under inflation, scarcity and wage losses

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Uruguay under inflation, scarcity and wage losses

Montevideo, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayans have been called to massively participate in Labor Day (May 1st) against hunger and scarcity, for work and wages, and to fight the impact of inflation.
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President of the Uruguayan Workers’Confederation (PIT-CNT), Marcelo Abdala, announced that besides workers’ immediate demands, basically “a prospect for the creation of a plan of action to find solutions for the large national and popular majorities” will be set out.

In this sense, he said that “the middle-class sectors, small businesspeople from the city and the countryside, whose work has to do with the domestic demand, which is affected by this adjustment that brings about more inequality regarding big capital” will be included.

A new survey in Uruguay reaffirmed that the economy is the main concern of the population, 40 percent of respondents said: 32 pointed to insecurity, 20 to unemployment and 19 percent to inflation.

The representative of retirees and pensioners in the Banco de Previsión Social (BPS) of Uruguay, Sixto Amaro, called the government insensitive for withdrawing the adjustment from July 2021 to January 2022, with a 13 percent increase in food prices for a passive population which has lost its purchasing power and quality of life.

In addition, the Popular and Solidarity Coordinating Committee of Uruguay confirmed that over 100,000 impoverished people resort to collective food pots to alleviate hardships in 300 distribution sites in Montevideo, which are having a shortage of supplies.

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