After a meeting of more than four hours of negotiation the Colombian government was not able to come to terms with the judicial workers union Asonal. The executive branch offered them 131.000 million COP (about 60 million USD) to level out their salaries, just like the union has been asking for and striking during the last 33 days. The government proposed that this money be paid gradually for 15 months. Asonal did not approve this measure, since they have been asking for 200.000 million COP (about 92 million USD) to be paid to them now and the same amount again in 2010. The judicial workers in Colombia have been asking for better salaries, since judges and other workers feel that they are getting paid less than other official employees of the justice branch. Both groups have compromised to try and find other options to end the strike and have agreed to meet again today in the afternoon.