1997, september 12 - general strike extends beyond period called by unions
the third nationwide general strike this year shut down virtually all public and private sector workplaces in Uruguay, demonstrating massive opposition to the government's plans to dismantle social welfare programs.
the strike, called by the interunion plenary of workers, the national labor convention and the confederation of organizations of public officials, was the most widely observed of the three general strikes called since president julio maria sanguinetti took office in march. while limited by the union leaders to only four hours, the walkout took on a life of its own, and many strikers, including the entire public school work force, extended their action into a second day.
from the socialist equality party web page.
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