UNITA deputies show solidarity with Angolan workers' march

Protest against unemployment in Malanje in May, 2019

Protest against unemployment in Malanje in May, 2019

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UNITA's parliamentary group, the largest Angolan opposition party, expressed its solidarity on Friday with the march scheduled for Saturday by Angolan trade union workers to protest against the rising cost of living.

The march organized by workers affiliated with the National Union of Angolan Workers (UNTA) - Trade Union Confederation, aims to protest against the loss of purchasing power of wages, precarious employment and urge the authorities to apply social justice policy measures.

In a statement issued to the press today, the parliamentary group of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) says that it has been following "with concern the degradation of the economic and social situation of Angolans".

Rise in prices

According to the statement, there was a decrease in the income of Angolan companies, workers and families, and Angolans lost purchasing power in view of the exorbitant increase in the price of the market basket, crime, medicine shortages, and poor care in hospitals.

Currency devaluation, poor water and electricity distribution and the bad conservation state of national, secondary and tertiary roads, among other problems, have also affected Angolans, UNITA said.

"This state of affairs has been increasing the crisis within Angolan families, with drastic consequences such as hunger, poverty, unemployment and rising deaths from preventable diseases. All that make the citizens rise to demand an effective solution of the problems that the country faces to the government", stresses the note.

In this regard, the UNITA parliamentary group expressed its solidarity "with the struggle of workers affiliated with UNTA-CS and the other trade unions, professional associations and citizens eager for an improvement in their living conditions, with health, peace, dignity and progress".

"That's why it welcomes and encourages the protest march scheduled for next Saturday, December 14th, 2019" reads the statement.