Continued negotiations between government and unions

As of 20:40 Bolivian time, newspaper El Deber (Santa Cruz) reports in its web page that negotiations are still under way. As ministers and leaders were negotiating in La Paz, today Morales was in Cochabamba and emphasized that there can not be a salary increase over the 10% offered. He was quoted mentioning that those who earn less should receive a higher percentage increase.

At 15:45, newspaper Los Tiempos (Cochabamba) reported in its website that ministers were asking union leaders to come up with a justification of an additional 5% increase. Minister Romero stated that the president spent over 17 hours last week on this issue and that he would not attend the meetings today.

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