Thousands of government employees in Peru have been continuing a number of strikes for better pay and working conditions.
GV EXTERIOR Central Hospital, Lima with closed gates.
GV PAN EXTERIOR Children's hospital with banners hanging from balconies.
GV Closed gates of another hospital.
LV PAN Armoured car and security forces blocking road.
GV PAN FROM EXTERIOR OF The Health Ministry building in Lima TO demonstrators lined up on other side of the road.
CU PAN Long line of demonstrators holding banners.
LV PAN Armoured vehicles in street outside with military personnel standing guard outside hospital. (3 SHOTS)
GV Demonstrators outside hospital.
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Background: Thousands of government employees in Peru have been continuing a number of strikes for better pay and working conditions. A national strike by Peruvian doctors was called off on Friday (11 July) after they accepted an offer by the military government.
SYNOPSIS: Until Friday there were closed gates outside hospitals in Lime and throughout the country. But that evening, the doctors had accepted a pay increase of eight-three dollars a month -- less than fifty percent of what they'd demanded.
Some two and a half thousand doctors in social security and another twelve thousand doctors in hospitals throughout Peru were affected by the strike.
Government security forces stood by outside the Health Ministry as hundreds of striking health workers demonstrated for higher wages. The doctors had only treated emergency cases during the time they were out on strike. Peru's military government warned that all striking doctors would be dismissed. Thirty-eight of them were sacked soon after their strike began. Thousands of other public employees are still on strike. The paralysed social services in Lima mean that it's been impossible to get a civil marriage, birth and death documents -- or even pay taxes. On July the 28th Peru will revert to civilian rule nearly twelve years after the armed forces seized power. The President-elect is Mr. Fernando Belaunde who has easily won the first national elections since he is won the presidency in 1963.
Deposed by the military in 1968, during the last year of his six-year term, Mr. Belaunde has spent his time teaching in American universities.
Mr. Belaunde has pledged that when he comes to power he will create a million jobs in a national faced with staggering unemployment, a seventy percent inflation rate and wide disparities in the distribution of wealth.