- Title: BOLIVIA: FIFTH GENERAL STRIKE THIS YEAR PARALYSES BOLIVIA.
- Date: 12th November 1984
- Summary: 1. GV PAN Shuttered shops (2 shots) 0.22 2. GV PAN Closed banks and shops (6 shots) 1.04 3. SV Security police 1.09 4. GV Closed factory 1.15 InitialsASG/BB Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 27th November 1984 12:00
- Location: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVADX0XWIGPY6C537II24OZCG0JK
- Story Text: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA
Bolivia was paralysed on November 9 by its fifth nation-wide strike this year, and workers' groups threatened to carry over the 48-hour stoppage into the following week if President Hernan Siles Zuazo's government failed to accede to demands for increased wages, price controls and an improvement in food supplies. The Workers' Confederation (COB) said later that public and private sectors of the economy, including the nation's vital tin mining industry, had been closed by the strike. Although public transport and emergency services continued to operate, most shops in the capital, La Paz, remained unopened. The COB also insisted that President Siles Zuazo's administration force foreign oil companies to pay vast amounts of back taxes, as well as take over operating control of the country's largest utility concerns. Planning Minister Rene Fernandez said that the government offered to discuss the COB's 19-point manifesto, but the Confederation's Secretary-General Walter Delgadillo replied that the government had "maintained a total silence" about the workers' demands. Bolivia, long wracked by worker discontent and allegations of massive narcotics-inspired corruption among military and political leaders, is now close to national bankruptcy, and faces an annual inflation rate of some 1000 per cent.
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