The Cauca Regional Indigenous Council (CRIC) and the Colombian Association of Student Education Representatives (ACREES) will be present at the negotiating table between the Colombian government and the National Strike Committee, which meets in Bogotá this Sunday.
The ICRC has played a special role in the protests in the city of Cali, one of the epicentres of the wave of protests that rocked the country, during ACREES since the beginning of the open-ended general strike on April 28th.
The Colombian Labor Minister, Ángel Custodio Cabrera, has announced that the meeting will take place at Compensar’s headquarters in Bogotá and will take part in various social and trade union organizations.
Custodio stated that the first phase of the talks will address the issue of basic income, the health care reform that Congress is carrying out, as well as the demand for free public university education and job guarantees.
The Central Unitary of Workers (CUT), the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) and the Confederation of Workers of Colombia (CTC) sit at the table.
There will also be representatives from the Colombian Federation of Educational Workers (FECODE), the Union Sindical Obrera (USO), the Confederation of Pensioners of Colombia (CPC), the Democratic Confederation of Pensioners (CDP), the Agricultural Summit, Agricultural Dignity or the National Union of University students (UNEES).
The National Indigenous Organization (ONIC), the Process of Afro Descendant Black Communities (PCN), the Human Rights Platforms, the Center for Cooperative Integration and Education (CINCOP), the Health Platform for the Unemployed, the Platform with Pensions No., The Art and Cultural platform will also be represented. and alternative journalism.
The list ends with the women’s movement, the National Fishermen’s Association, the garbage collectors, the environmental movement, the Páramo Defense Committee, the LGTBI movement, the transport sector and the mining fracking sector.
The protests, which have rocked Colombia for the last 15 days, began as a mobilization against the tax reform proposed by President Iván Duque’s government, but once withdrawn it will maintain seven social, educational or health demands that will be on the table in negotiations between the executive and the National Strike Committee.
The negotiators will come to the table in a position of strength after the massive demonstration in Bogotá or Popayán on Saturday, with the remarkable participation of a large part of the young people.