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Education sector leads general strike in Angola

Luanda, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) General education schools remain closed on Monday, as part of the beginning of the second phase of the general strike called by Angola's trade union confederations until April 30.

Prensa Latina verified that the personnel of several schools in Luanda joined the strike to demand salary increases for all public sector workers, an increase in the national minimum wage, as well as the reduction of the Labor Income Tax.

‘The 30,000 kwanzas (about 36 dollars) additional remuneration decreed by the president (João Loureço) has nothing to do with us, general education workers’, Higinio Paulo, a teacher in a public center in the Ingombotas neighborhood, pointed out.

That is why, we are on strike, he added, and expressed confidence that the pressure from the workers’ organizations will eventually lead to a favorable agreement with the Executive regarding their demands.

In addition to the education employees, health workers and judicial sector employees also joined the strike, Novo Jornal reported.