Gen­eral strike in pub­lic ser­vices par­a­lyzes Al­ge­ria

The Oklahoman - - NATION | WORLD -

Pub­lic ser­vice la­bor unions have gone on strike in Al­ge­ria, par­a­lyzed ed­u­ca­tion, health, vo­ca­tional train­ing and the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­tries.

Meziane Me­ri­ane, the head of the SNPEST teach­ers union, de­nounced work­ers’ sink­ing pur­chas­ing power and told The As­so­ci­ated Press the protests Wed­nes­day aimed to force the gov­ern­ment to be­gin ne­go­ti­a­tions on “ur­gent pay rises.”

Most schools in Al­giers, the cap­i­tal, were shut down amid the strike, there were long queues at hos­pi­tals and peo­ple strug­gled to with­draw money at cash ma­chines.

At the Emir Ab­delka­der high school, a huge ban­ner crit­i­ciz­ing the gov­ern­ment was hung.

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