Ecuador: Trade Union and Social Groups anticipate protests

Posted on November 25, 2015 • Filed under: Conflicts, Ecuador

Unionists and social groups anticipate protests in Ecuador

AP/ reported
– The country’s main trade unions, associations and social groups announced Tuesday they will meet a day of mobilization and protests against a proposed 15 constitutional amendments proposed by President Rafael Correa and including indefinite reelection of all elected offices.

Workers are particularly resistant to two of the amendments which restricts union rights in the public sector and indefinite reelection. For this they held street protests on Thursday.

The leader of the Unitary Front, the country’s largest trade union workers, Luis Dután said that with these reforms, “lay off thousands of workers and the stability of workers be eliminated” to explain the reasons for the demonstrations and protests.

Another leader of the same trade, Nelson Erazo, adding that “the unions will maintain a firm stand not to give up our legitimate rights and legitimate aspirations as it behooves us therefore continue mobilized, both the 26 and when the discussions start assembly”.


On Tuesday, a committee of the Assembly adopted a report that opens the doors to the second and final debate that body, dominated by a solid majority of the ruling party Alianza País, which foresees that there is no difficulty in approving the reforms, in the case of re-election does not apply to the upcoming presidential election, which the incumbent would be out of contention.

Among the most important constitutional amendments they are also the statement of communication as a public service, reduced to 30 years of age to be president, that the armed forces can also contribute to internal security, among others.

Correa sent to the Assembly for these amendments are adopted, but the opposition says that changing the Constitution is a referendum necessary. The president, who is identified as the XXI century socialist, in power since January 2007 and should finish his term in 2017.
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