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Peruvian police clash with workers as labour strike rolls on

Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 01:17

Peruvian riot police clash with public workers on the fifth day of an indefinite strike over working conditions and salaries. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Peruvian riot police fired tear gas and water cannons on Friday (November 27) to disperse hundreds of public workers on the fifth day of strikes in Lima over working conditions and salaries. Public workers from health, judicial and education sectors called an indefinite strike demanding bonus payments and larger salaries for the employees. The protesters clashed with police as they marched towards Congress, filling three lanes along the Abancay Avenue in the capital's center. Education unionists complained that salaries have not risen in 20 years, while health workers said their salaries do not cover basic necessities. The government angered health care unions after announcing slight cuts to the sector's budget in 2016. Members of the General Confederation of Peruvian Workers and the Unified National Federation of Health Sector Workers (FENUTSSA) taking part in the demonstration said they had demanded Congress to reverse the cuts, and were waiting for corresponding action. Thousands of riot police officers were deployed to control the crowds, and at least 16 arrests were made. Several people were injured over the course of the strike. Peru's judicial workers often complain about case overload and a lack of adequate work conditions.

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Peruvian police clash with workers as labour strike rolls on

Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 01:17