Grievances over working conditions and a lack of state primary schools lead to several strikes in 1994 on the two pacific islands.
In 1985 workers and students protested and struck against worsening living conditions and greater repression, in particular the imposition of Sharia and conflict in the south.
In 1983 Bolivia elected a left wing president supported by a coalition of leftist parties and union federations. However the President priorities the paying of foreign debt and brought in neoliberal reforms and lowered wages and living standards for many Bolivians. As a result he alienated his allies and thousands of industrial workers and peasants rebelled with a series of protests and strikes.