Strikes, demonstrations rise, but unions say restrictions remain

The number of strikes and demonstrations increased significantly in 2019, according to a Labor Ministry report, but unions said the rise occurred despite ongoing repression against workers who are prevented from organizing freely.

The ministry’s annual report, published last month, said there were 75 strikes and 11 demonstrations last year, up from 45 strikes and five demonstrations in 2018.

Sixty-nine of the strikes and eight of the 11 demonstrations had been resolved by the ministry, it said.

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