Nicaragua accepts dialogue call post social security protests
People protest during the night of demonstrations in rejection of Social Security reforms in Managua, Nicaragua, Apr. 20, 2018. EPA-EFE/JORGE TORRES
Several vehicles stop in front of a burning motorcycle during the night of demonstrations in rejection of Social Security reforms in Managua, Nicaragua, Apr. 20, 2018. EPA-EFE/JORGE TORRES
Demonstrators help a woman during a protest in front of a university in Managua, Nicaragua, Apr. 20, 2018. EPA-EFE/JORGE TORRES
The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega (R), and his wife and vice president of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo (L), vote during the Nicaraguan municipal elections, in Managua, Nicaragua, Nov. 05, 2017. EPA-EFE/FILE/Jorge Torres
Managua, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- The government of Nicaragua on Friday accepted a call for dialogue by the private sector to discuss a new set of social security measures, which have led to widespread protests and violence in the country that killed at least 10 people and injured around 100.
Vice President Rosario Murillo said that the government had decided to accept the call by the business guilds to come to the dialogue table to discuss the contentious social security measures and other issues.
Earlier in the day, the private sector of Nicaragua had called for a march for peace and dialogue on Monday and urged authorities to respect their right to protest on the streets.
The call came after three days of violence and protests in the country against new social security measures by the government, led by President Daniel Ortega.
The new social security measures would require employees to pay seven percent of their salaries, up from 6.25 percent, to the Nicaraguan Institute of Social Security, while employers will have to contribute 21 percent, up from 19 percent.
The measures have been dismissed by businesses and experts as a tactic to stop the NISS from going bankrupt.
They also fear the reforms could increase unemployment, lower consumption and competition, and harm the business climate.