Wednesday, June 12th 2013 - 07:41 UTC

Argentine’ farmers begin Saturday five-day trading-strike to protest lack of dialogue and taxes

Argentine farming sectors announced on Tuesday a one-week walkout following “serious problems” in the agricultural sector. First step is to suspend sales of all non perishable products from Saturday dawn to Wednesday midnight.

“We are going to the walkout because the President does not receive us” said head of Argentina’s Rural Society Etcheverre

The protest leaders said, some exceptions will be applied to previous agreements such as already announced cattle auctions. Additionally, the protesters will launch a series of strikes and cargo control in several cases.

The so called Mesa de Enlace, ‘Liaison Table’ alliance brought together Argentina's Rural Society, the Argentine Rural Confederations, the Argentine Agrarian Federation and Coninagro, to outline the 7-day action plan.

“We are going to the walkout because the President (Cristina Fernandez) does not receive us,” head of Argentina’s Rural Society Luis Etcheverre warned and added that farming leaders have been waiting for a meeting with Cristina Fernández “for three months”.

Likewise they have not met with Agriculture minister Norberto Yauhar since May 2012.

He added that the decision was finally adopted following nine ‘open assemblies’ where the situation and prospects of farming under current policies was analyzed. The motto was “an end to proposals and let’s begin organized protests”.

Farmers say they were deeply offended by the President when she claimed that “we known what they are up to” in direct reference to farmers reluctance to sell their crops until they have clear what the rules of the game for the coming season’s crops at to be.

They also complained about the price gap between what farmers are paid and the end price for consumers which in some cases range from 300% to 1.200%.

CRA Ruben Ferrero also warned that how things are, “we are bit wanting a table for discussions; that’s too late, we need solutions to our problems”.

Finally the farmers’ ‘liaison table’ called for an increase in the floor minimum for income and earning taxes, and an inflation adjustment for small and medium farmers, as well all Argentines earning a salary, since it is eating at significant rates individual and family incomes, said the release, underlining this it to benefit mainly the small farmer families

Back in 2008, the Liaison Table defied the Cristina Fernández administration with a 129-day lockout over export taxes.

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1 toxictaxitrader2 (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 08:41 am Report abuse
2008 all over again,now is the time to strike she needs the tax revenues.
2 yankeeboy (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 11:10 am Report abuse
Yeah, they need to make this a 3 month strike and make her confiscate the grains with the army.
That would be fun to watch.
3 Optimus_Princeps (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 11:56 am Report abuse
One of our family friends is a farmer, who is openly critical of Cristina's policies. Large portions of his income are taken, and he has a family to support.

The government's characteristic response toward these grievances is, “No Importa”.
4 yankeeboy (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 01:34 pm Report abuse
If the farmers don't stand up now they'll be working on communes in the next few years.
The gov't will start to confiscate “unproductive” farms in the near future.

I am shocked that most Rgs can't see this coming it the next logical step.
5 Captain Poppy (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 01:44 pm Report abuse
I am sure that they do see it, the ones that are repulsed by asslips and her croopnies. However I surmise that they are in some kind of a Stockholm Syndrome. It's like when wives stick around a husband that beats them, same situation.
6 yankeeboy (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 01:53 pm Report abuse
Its possible but I think it is more likely they don't think she'll go that far.

I think she confiscated the trains so she doesn't have to rely on trucks to transport since they aren't under her control.

I think she'll use the terrorism law to confiscate the grains if the strike is prolonged.

It should be fun to watch.
7 LEPRecon (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 03:13 pm Report abuse
@6 yankeeboy

Yup, I mean why would she use the anti-terrorism law against terrorists when its easier to remove that last few remaining rights of the Argentine people.

Viva La Relovution!
8 ElaineB (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 04:08 pm Report abuse
Yes, I said last week when she confiscated the trains that was her plan. She had no other reason to take them, they were running efficiently, and she had fallen out with the teamsters.
The farmers have been asking for an audience with CFK for three months. This has been planned from the start.

Somehow, I don't think the people will accept this move. Things are going to get very ugly.
9 Captain Poppy (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 04:11 pm Report abuse
Your CommentTeamsters used violence in the USA. They used snipers to take out trucks during strikes. Maybe they will use one on kirchner.
10 toooldtodieyoung (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 04:24 pm Report abuse
Quick, quick!! Things are going wrong!!!

KFC!!! Its time to pick a scapegoat!!
11 ChrisR (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 06:05 pm Report abuse
Well the 'Model' is well and truly on fire and falling out of the sky all on it's own because the Pilotess has gone crazy, crazy, crazy!
12 screenname (#) Jun 12th, 2013 - 10:50 pm Report abuse
The peaceful CFK government should deal with these traitors to the Fatherland by annexing some far-away land with harsh siberia-like conditions and exiling them to live there as punishment. This triator population could then be used to strengthen a claim on that land for the greater glory of the Fatherland.

Seig Heil CFK, Seig Heil CFK, Seig Heil CFK...
13 Pete Bog (#) Jun 15th, 2013 - 08:27 pm Report abuse
”farming leaders have been waiting for a meeting with Cristina Fernández “for three months”.
It's more important for CFK to wish dialogue with the UK over a fairytale claim than dialogue with Argentines in an important economic sector.

No dialogue for Argentinians

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