Friday, February 1st 2013 - 07:51 UTC

Argentine unions anticipate marches and protests for next March

Argentina’s powerful organized labour even divided have agreed that the recent rise in the income tax floor announced by the government of President Cristina Fernandez is ‘not enough’ and industrial action is anticipated as soon as next March, when full activity resumes in Argentina following summer holidays.

Piumato said the income tax floor increase is ‘not enough’

The head of the CTA umbrella union, Pablo Micheli, and the secretary general of the Court workers union, Julio Piumato, agreed that the increase in the income tax floor is insufficient and announced a joint street protest for March.

Micheli pointed out that “no one can say that a 20% hike meets all the expectations of the average workers”, arguing that if workers who paid an income tax in 2012 would also have to pay it this year.

“We could say that our strikes, demonstrations and demands managed to obtain that 20%. Had we done nothing, we wouldn’t have gotten anything,” Micheli said after he announced the new protests.

The union leader insisted this is “not a real raise”, for which the CGT and the CTA organizations were planning on taking it to the streets.

“(Hugo) Moyano and I agreed to talk again because we’re again thinking of going back to the streets. We still don’t know whether it will be a demonstration or a march, but we will be there protesting because this isn’t a raise,” he emphasized.

“We’re losing in broad daylight,” he said regarding the Government’s decision. “What will await us once the economy stops doing as well as it’s doing now?” he concluded.

Piumato is a member of the anti-government CGT umbrella union run by Hugo Moyano and complained that “the same people are going to pay income tax as last year,” despite the increase in the income tax floor.

“We were aspiring to a 50% increase, because last year the wage increase was hardly noticed. That’s why a 20% increase is unacceptable.”

“Our salary is not income tax. The fact that the balancing of this tax is completely out of date puts pressure on the company and on the worker,” Piumato added.

The union leader speaking to a local radio station in Buenos Aires said that “we have to take into account certain factors like renting. A worker that earns 7500 pesos who is affected by paying income taxes and who has to pay for renting will never be able to access a mortgage.”

“The government is not willing to change the tributary system, which puts pressure on wages and more humble sectors”.


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1 Idlehands (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 07:58 am Report abuse
50% wage demands are a rather good indication that things are spiralling out of control.
2 Frank (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 08:43 am Report abuse
This should take the mad cow's mind off the referendum
3 Britworker (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 10:26 am Report abuse
Bring on the entertainment!
4 yankeeboy (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 11:34 am Report abuse
You can not rule Argentina without the Unions on your side

or so the song says

5 golfcronie (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 11:39 am Report abuse
I would suggest that the unions have their meetings on the 10th and 11th of March
to coincide with the FALKLAND referendum
6 Welsh Wizard (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 11:43 am Report abuse
Sure sign of stagflation when pay rises are asked for which exceed/match inflation and which have the resultant effect of increasing inflation...

vicious cycle
7 yankeeboy (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 12:03 pm Report abuse
Sound familiar?

“Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the Capitalist System was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.
By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some.” [...]
“Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.”
8 Pirate Love (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 12:15 pm Report abuse
and so the discontent continues for argentinians, how much longer can the average argentine be shafted by their government who treats them like retarded peasants throwing them crumbs every now and then, god help them when irans influence creeps in like a plague.
9 Idlehands (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 12:20 pm Report abuse
Precious metals are probably the safest way to duck the currency crisis but their value can ebb and flow depending on economic circumstances too. They are still subject to supply and demand forces.
10 yankeeboy (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 12:32 pm Report abuse
9. Precious metals are banned from purchase in Argentina. Plus if you can find them illegally there is a HUGE premium due to the very very high import taxes.
11 Idlehands (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 01:07 pm Report abuse
Tins of Spam then - they'll stay fresh for years!
12 yankeeboy (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 01:17 pm Report abuse
I have been saying for months Sugar and Laundry detergent I just recently added toilet paper since I read they are out of in in Caracas. Since Argentina is on the same path I'm guessing they'll run out in BA too.
Sugar has gone up 60% yoy. I wish I had it in my retirement account!
13 briton (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 01:18 pm Report abuse
As soon as next March

Does he mean 2013 or 2014.
And is that girl in the next picture one of his member’s lol
14 Welsh Wizard (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 03:27 pm Report abuse

Dollar just reached 8 pesos
15 toooldtodieyoung (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 05:36 pm Report abuse
Where are all the “La Campora” posters???

I would love to see what they have to say about this.... I would love to see them try and put a positive spin on this.

And Tito The Clown Troll gives such a good show.
16 LEPRecon (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 06:31 pm Report abuse
@15 tooldtodieyoung

TTT has probably had to sell his computer to buy food. I understand that La Campora aren't paying nearly as well as they used to...;)

But you are right, the usual trolls will be on here desperately trying to distract the thread or calling the unions traitors.

Like ostriches they bury their heads in the sand and hope all the bad stuff will magically go away.
17 Nostrolldamus the 8th (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 06:35 pm
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18 briton (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 06:48 pm Report abuse
hit with the truth,
they come back with horse meat,

my my
hoy the desperate bully is crumbling .lol.
19 Nostrolldamus the 8th (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 06:50 pm Report abuse
20 surfer (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 07:18 pm Report abuse
Keep waving that white flag, #17.
21 agent999 (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 07:31 pm Report abuse

“Industry insiders said horse meat from Holland was likely to have been imported from Argentina or Brazil. ”

I see Argentina produces a lot of horse meat
22 briton (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 07:31 pm Report abuse
Susies back
This time disguised as Julie the nose .lol.
23 julia (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 07:51 pm Report abuse
@22 Jack the Ripper
don't like to hear the facts. His UK PM David Ca-Moron has the choice to stop diplomatic relations with the SA country, but......mmmmmm
the britons don't have nothing else to do!...Bloody rubbish english poeple!
24 julio (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 08:35 pm
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25 yankeeboy (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 08:53 pm Report abuse
Toby, I am sure you know there is horse meat in every RG deli case. It isn't even labeled as such. I guess people just know. My maid ended up telling me what it was I had no idea!
26 julio (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 08:59 pm
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27 briton (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 09:05 pm Report abuse
24 julio
This is Julio the big penis ,

penile dementure you mean .
28 Conorworld (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 10:59 pm Report abuse
The best way to tackle wage increases is to tackle inflation but when your economic policies are inflationary, you can't have it both ways.
29 Troy Tempest (#) Feb 03rd, 2013 - 10:27 pm Report abuse
British FCO always open to speak with Argentina - it's Blunderman that refuses to meet. :-)
30 Claudina (#) Feb 04th, 2013 - 02:14 am Report abuse
why the british are worry about the Argentine economy?
The UK has a 2 trillon dollars debt,
riots like the one on 8/2011
royals scandals every 3 months
a british woman sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug charges
a big recession
The brits have to accept the fact that they cannot resolve their own
why to comment on the argentine economy?

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