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Ten Thousand Public Workers Protest for Better Pay in Chile

Santiago de Chile, November 15 (RHC) -- 10,000 public sector workers in Chile have taken to the streets in the capital, Santiago to protest over stalled discussions on better wages.

Protests took place Wednesday and Thursday as part of a two-day strike called after the government suspended talks on pay increases.

Public sector employees have demanded an eight-percent pay hike next year.

Public sector leaders have said protests would not interfere with the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections of November 17th, where former president Michelle Bachelet is expected to win in the first round.

Bachelet has pledged to address the deep economic inequalities in the country and to increase corporate taxes to fund educational reform.

Chile is ranked as the country that has the highest level of inequality among the 34 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Edited by Juan Leandro
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