Tuesday, February 14th 2012 - 21:16 UTC

Cristina Fernandez raps business, farmers and unions: Argentina is not Disneyland

Argentine President Cristina Fenandez again full of stamina criticized farmers, business people and workers’ unions, and at the same time called on all sides involved to live in the real Argentina, “not fantasy land, because Argentina is not Disneyland”.

Domestic market and industry will be defended but as long as there is a strong investment counterpart said CFK

The first to be reprimanded was the business community. President Fernandez promised to keep defending the domestic market and industry but warned the counterpart “is increased investment”.

CFK announced the dismantling of the previous policy of subsidies and those funds, she said, will now be made available to businesses as loans, so they can increase production capacity, create more jobs and ensure a fair distribution of income and salaries.

“Productivity is fine but not always at the cost of jobs, which means many Argentines then remain jobless or have to work in the black market with no protection”.

A committee was specially created with the Minister of Industry Debora Giorgi and the Planning Secretary Axel Kicillof with the purpose of surveying salary increases in the different sectors, profitability and how the government through tax breaks, soft loans, subsidies and special schemes contributes to such a situation. This will be measured against the level of private investment.

“The state will protect domestic industries but this must not mean because there is no imports’ competition prices will go up, we’re going to make sure this does not happen”, said CFK

The lack of investment or reluctance to invest was also the main focus of the presidential message to farmers who she said, “keep asking God for rain and when it doesn’t rain they ask for money from government”, while recalling that there are plenty of insurances for hail, frost and droughts.

The time has come for every farmer to contract and pay insurance as most people do, said CFK adding that “farmers have had excellent earnings and will continue to have”.

“I have instructed the Minister of Agriculture to address the insurance policy against hail, frost and drought which will be the official policy to implement”, while the government will contribute with its share of irrigation projects”.

Farmer organizations were quick to reply and said that the insurance policy does not cover the whole geography of Argentina, because of the lack of interest from the State and underlined that when crops and prices are good, “the State is a big partner in the profits but when things go bad as currently because of the drought they tell us to go to the banks to ask for money”.

Finally and with special irony the Argentine president talked about an article in Spain’s main daily EL Pais which analyzes the labour situation in that country.

“While here every week we inaugurate housing, we expand factories and help farmers with the drought”, in Spain there is a massive salaries’ cut and the unions are planning an escalating strategy which has as its culminating point, a strike”.

She went on to say “how lucky the Spanish business people and the Spanish government: they announce salary cuts, redundancies and the union leaders are thinking of some form of strike but on the long term”.

Further on the president claimed that the satisfied (Argentine) unions together with business people don’t seem to care much about all those workers that are unregistered and work “in the black economy”.

“May I remind them that it is the responsibility of good union leaders to look after the well being of all workers and not only those comfortably protected by their unions”.

Argentine unions led by Hugo Moyano from the organized labour powerful CGT are asking for over 20% increase in the ongoing collective bargaining talks as the government has recommended not to go beyond 18% as part of the austerity measures triggered in anticipation of what in considered a “complicated 2012” because of the outside shocks”.

Plus the fact that inflation is out of control, over 25% in spite of the official 9.8%.

Finally CFK said that the 40 million Argentines should be well aware of the world “we live in and the Argentina that we have” and called for the defence of the current economic inclusive development model.

“We’re not the best nor do we live in Disneyland, but we must understand and learn to live the real Argentina, not fantasy land, because Argentina is not Disneyland, so let us look after what we have”, she concluded.


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1 GreekYoghurt (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 09:35 pm Report abuse
KFC: “Argentina is not Disneyland. They don't shoot the indigenous population in Disneyland. However, we do share the same policy of geographical expansion”

Hmm.. mickey mouse.
2 BenC30 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 09:45 pm Report abuse
The piece of the article I find most interesting is.....
“Plus the fact that inflation is out of control, over 25% in spite of the official 9.8%.”

9.8%? Ha ha. And they say the British have a good sense of humour. Would love to know what the person was smoking who came up with the figure! They should be awarded some sort of comedy award.
3 xbarilox (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 09:51 pm Report abuse
Now Argentina is not the paradise anymore. What happened? sudden reality?
4 GreekYoghurt (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 09:53 pm Report abuse
@2 She's just jealous because 1 Disney-dollar will buy you a good time on a ride. Whereas, a shopping trolley full of pesos (www.economicnoise.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/hyperinflation.jpg) will buy you approximately nothing.
5 Beef (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 10:03 pm Report abuse
“business, farmers and unions” Sounds like someone is getting paranoid. When will she announce her final solution?

You Argentine voters have yourselves to blame.
6 GreekYoghurt (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 10:11 pm Report abuse
@5 I think the 'final solution' was answered when they 'recolonised' all the indigenous people into cattle trucks and sent them off to the northern territories to have a happier life. *cough* be shot *cough*

Even the Kerchner Youth and League of Argentinian Maidens helped out.
7 BenC30 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 10:20 pm Report abuse
They will take Disney to the United Nations next claiming Disneyland is actually a part of Argentina and she will create a story to try and prove it!

All because... Minnie Mouse is less plastic, more intelligent, and much, much more popular. Whilst, Goofy has a better understanding of inflation issues than her!
8 yankeeboy (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 10:23 pm Report abuse
This article is a little off in the Union demands as of today they are asking for a floor of a 35% rise in salary!!

Gonna be hard to deny after a 100% rise to the Senators...
9 GreekYoghurt (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 10:29 pm Report abuse

KFC: “We went to disneyland in 1980 and we were there for 13 hours. Buenes Aires then said this Disneyland is Argentinian territory, but then the Mickey Mouse said we had to leave and kicked us out. The population the next day wasn't Argentinian so we the public told us to go back with guns and the Police arrested us. Now we're going to the UN Colonisation Committee to get Disneyland to negotiate on sovereignty.”

10 nitrojuan (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 11:53 pm Report abuse
Well... at least Disneyland exist... Falklands is the fantasy name of Malvinas,,,,
11 briton (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 11:56 pm Report abuse
Argentina is not Disneyland
Honest words from a comedian

. 10 nitrojuan/ at least Disneyland exist

And so does the Falklands,

Sadly it is the Malvinas that is a fantasy

12 BenC30 (#) Feb 14th, 2012 - 11:58 pm Report abuse
The Falklands do exist!

Or has your brainwashing government told you they don't? Just like how they tell you inflation is a 9.8%? Just like how they tell you there is no corruption?
13 GreekYoghurt (#) Feb 15th, 2012 - 12:13 am Report abuse
@10 I guess the Goebellian strategy of “The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed” is working well there in Argentina. Kind of ironic that your government is also authoritarian nationalist socialist.

Those Nazis are really peaceful, eh.
14 tobias (#) Feb 15th, 2012 - 01:54 am Report abuse
The Kirchners have been utra-paranoid narcissists since day one. Any problems that occur is the unions fault, the business sectors fault, the foreigners fault, the industrialists, the farmers, or the opposition... That even the most perfervid Kirchnerist cannot deny. They need help for that.
15 GreekYoghurt (#) Feb 15th, 2012 - 11:44 am Report abuse
Have we got all this wrong... maybe the title should have been “Cristina Fernandez raps about business, farmers and unions in 'Argentina is not Disneyland'”

KFC: Uh huh uh huh Argentina has a couple of businesses and farmers uh-huh uh huh and some lazy union people who don't unload things uh huh-uh huh I'm gonna get my smoke on, and my drink on.. someone give me some cristal...uh huh uh huh where dem white bytches at?
16 British_Kirchnerist (#) Feb 15th, 2012 - 01:19 pm Report abuse
“May I remind them that it is the responsibility of good union leaders to look after the well being of all workers and not only those comfortably protected by their unions”.

Hardly the Thatcheresque union busting implied in the title, it seems if anything Cristina is criticising the union bureaucracy from the left for representing a labour aristocracy and ignoring the needs of the poorest and the working class as a whole. All the time having to balance the pressures caused by the hostile international economic climate, and the obstructive role of right wing special interests in business and farming, to maintain the inclusive model that has worked so well since 2003. I can't see anything objectionable in the programme she's outlining to deal with it all, but it does appear to be a very difficult balancing act; but if anyone can pull it off its her.

Also she's totally right on about Spain, and I could add my own country, whose one-percenter governments are slashing and burning the welfare state and our unions really need to get their act together to fight back.
17 BenC30 (#) Feb 15th, 2012 - 05:50 pm Report abuse
@16. There needs to be a balance. Argentina obviously haven't got this as there inflation is >20%. Unless you believe them when they report inflation at 9.8%?
18 GeoffWard2 (#) Feb 16th, 2012 - 02:18 pm Report abuse

“We must prepare all sectors of society for the coming austerity and the measures of control that will be necessary”


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