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Chile's government wants to increase after protests by minimum wage

After weeks of protests and clashes with so far about 20 deaths is to raise the Chilean government, the minimum wage in the South American country. President Sebastián Piñera signed on Wednesday a draft law, according to which the minimum wage of 301'000 is to be raised to 350'000 Pesos (470 Swiss francs).

"We reply with actions and not just with good intentions to the demands of the people," said the conservative head of state. "We give our social Agenda, a new impetus." Approximately 540 000 people could benefit from the increase, to be financed through government wage subsidies.

Chile actually stable

For weeks, demonstrate in Chile, a number of people against the high cost of living and social inequality. The trigger for the protests of a planned increase in the transportation prices.

Video: 1 Million people on Chile's roads At a rally in Santiago, Chile, demanded on Friday, hundreds of thousands of people to profound social reforms. Video: AP

Chile has been a very stable country compared to its neighbors in South America. However, there are in the richest country in the Region, high income disparities, especially in education and health care are very expensive. Because of the violent protests, the government had cancelled most recently, the Asia-Pacific summit and the world climate conference in Santiago. (step/sda)

Created: 06.11.2019, 23:40 PM

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