The Colombian government announced it will stop paying wages to the
approximately 40,000 judicial workers who have been on strike for over
three weeks after talks with the judicial workers’ union led to no
The government and the strikers could not reach an agreement about the increase of wages of the judicial workers. The government offer a 66 billion peso financial impulse, not even one tenth of the union’s demand of 700 billion.
Aside the suspension of wages, Interior and Justice minister Fabio Valencia Cossio warned the government would take “disciplinary actions against officials and employees who persist in the strike.”
The strike has paralyzed Colombia’s judicial system for more than three weeks. According to newspaper El Tiempo, more than thousand alleged criminals have been released, because they could not be trialed.