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Police disputes end in several provinces with pay increases

The Santa Fe Police Force has accepted the offer of an increased minimum wage from governor Antonio Bonfatti, and will lift protests that had led to widespread conflict and looting in certain areas of the province.

In Tucumán, meanwhile, an increase was also passed by governor José Alperovich, but the Kirchnerite chief also made a judicial charge of 'sedition' against striking officers, as his province suffered some of the worst scenes of violence in the country.

Santa Fe's Bonfatti saw an offer of 8100 pesos a month for new officers accepted by representatives of the police force, having pushed through the increase by decree.

Part of the deal, as revealed by police spokesman César Rojas, was that no official would be punished for taking part in the protests.

Lawyer Luis Tomasevich, who participated in the negotiations held in Rosario, affirmed that the police agree to the raise "in order to [help] social peace."

While Alperovich awaits official agreement from striking police forces, he made a special plea for help in stemming conflicts that have claimed the lives of two people in the province.

"I ask you to please return to caring for the people, Tucumán does not deserve this," he stated.

"[New officers] will earn 8500 pesos and they will be  among the best-paid police in the country. What is being done is an attack on democracy."

Despite his words, that initial offer was rejected; but an improved raise of 35 percent was eventually accepted by police, who returned to normal duties.

Police forces in Corrientes also reached an agreement with the local government, accepting a minimum salary of 8000 pesos.
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