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Argentine union leaders warn Macri, and forecast he may not end his mandate

Saturday, January 13th 2018 - 07:58 UTC
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The Argentine government approach to the power challenge from strong unions has managed so far to have several of its leaders indicted for money laundering, fraud, racketeering and widespread corruption, including one who is jailed in neighboring Uruguay and which the Argentine justice expects to extradite. Read full article

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  • British_Kirchnerist

    Very interesting. As the article says many union bureaucrats have up till now been willing to work with Macri on a sectionalist basis, despite his obvious hostility to the general class interests of their members. In fact that holding back of discontent was an important reason for Cambiembos doing so well at the last elections. The reward has been for Macri to launch a purge and accuse all unions of being a mafia. The position of intransigent opposition taken by Cristina, shunned up till now by these same “union sharks” to use the mercopress term, and by their political representatives in spineless mainstream Peronism, is now fully vindicated. The political consequence should be obvious - her re-election in 2019 (or sooner if Macri really blows it!)

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 09:45 am - Link - Report abuse -7
  • Think

    Mr. British Kirchnerist....
    Just for you kind info ...

    Marcelo Balcedo, “Caballo” Suárez, “Pata” Medina and Humberto Monteros..., the four Argie Union Bureaucrats recently arrested for graft and corruption...
    Only the latter had any political association with La Campora/Union Ciudadana...
    The other three can easily be defined as ultra/rabiate antikirchnerists...

    Luis Barrionuevo..., (the object of this article) and the entire Moyano clan..., currently being investigated for graft and corruption can easily be defined as severely antikirchnerists too...

    All the above represent the worst of our Trade Union system and I will be happy to see them out...
    The bicycle lanes in Buenos Aires and the purge of this criminal elements are two achievements I wouldn't deny Maurizio Macri...

    On the other hand..., Luis D'Elía a notorious Kirchnerite street militant Is NOT “Currently in jail on corruption charges”... AS THIS ARTICLE DISINFORMS US..., TWICE..

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 11:30 am - Link - Report abuse -4
  • Marti Llazo

    @ tinkle ” .....Luis D'Elía a notorious Kirchnerite street militant Is NOT “Currently in jail on corruption charges”.

    D'Elia is in jail at the moment. At the federal facility Marcos Paz. He's charged in connection with the AMIA bombing cover-up, though listing the crimes he is not yet charged with would certainly exceed the allocation of characters for one of these comments.

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 12:20 pm - Link - Report abuse +3
  • Think

    Ergo...: .
    Luis D'Elía a notorious Kirchnerite street militant Is NOT “Currently in jail on corruption charges”...

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 12:32 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • imoyaro

    More lies from Gauchito Drink. Marcelo Balcedo is a “good friend” of Daniel Scioli, the “One Armed Bandit” who ran as the FpV/Kirchnerite candidate for president in the last election... :)

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 12:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Anglo Turnip juyt above says...:
    “Marcelo Balcedo is a “good friend” of Daniel Scioli”...

    Hearsay and lies..., I say...
    Below a link to a few of Mr. Balcedos newspaper front pages...
    Antikirchnerist to the core..., some of them decipting Daniel Scioli..., his alledged “Good Friend”...
    http://www.eldestapeweb.com/las-tapas-anti-k-del-diario-del-sindicalista-senalado-tn-como-kirchnerista-n37937

    Try again..., Turnip...

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 12:56 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • imoyaro

    Gauchito Drink, “eldestape” is another K agitptop outlet...

    Try again..., Blackstabber... :)

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 01:37 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Think

    My pleasure...

    Please find attached Mr.Balcedo's “HOY” newspaper front page from the 28/12/2013...:
    https://diariohoy.net/edicion-impresa?date=2013-12-28
    Scioli is the first to the left on that group picture...
    Strange way to treat a “Good Friend”...

    Now... Do you have any proof of that alledged “Friendship” between Scioli and Balcedo...?
    Or do you expect us to accept your “Word of Turnip” for it...

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 02:10 pm - Link - Report abuse -5
  • imoyaro

    You mean like this?
    “Ex kirchnerite governor Daniel Scioli, a good friend of Balcedo, who generously provided his media outlets with government publicity ”
    That's on this site. You deny the relationship, Blackstabber? :)

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 02:52 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Think

    Anglo turnip just above...

    Exactly...
    That's what in Engrish is called “Hearsay”... No links..., no first hand info..., no nothing...

    To anybody interested in the alledged “Good Friendship” between Mr. Balcedo and Mr. Scioli..., I would suggest to...:

    1) Click into Mr. Balcedos newspaper (via the attached link...)
    https://diariohoy.net/politica/inseguridad-k-scioli-nos-dejo-mas-de-10000-homicidios-73682

    2) Type “SCIOLI” in the search window on the top right of the page...

    3) Voilà... hundreds and hundreds of anti-Scioli articles in nice chronological order...

    ...- All of it..., financed by Mr. SCIOLI himself..., should we believe them turnips...

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 03:16 pm - Link - Report abuse -5
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Brilliant Think =) And an impressive litany on that first link of attempted “unflattering” pictures of Cristina - all failed!

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 03:52 pm - Link - Report abuse -8
  • Think

    ;-)

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 04:28 pm - Link - Report abuse -6
  • Enrique Massot

    Argentine unions have a mixed-bag story, and one of the drawbacks for workers has been the higher-up leaders' negotiation strategies with every single installed government, be it elected or illegally imposed--that includes the current government, which has been allowed to apply so many regressive measures on workers thanks to a lukewarm opposition from the General Workers Confederation, or CGT.

    This mixed-bad history includes the CGT's opposition to decent governments such as that of Arturo Illia in the 1960s that facilitated general Ongania's coup in 1965, little to no opposition to dictators, and its recent opposition to the CFK government.

    During the Peron-Peron government of the 1970s, there was a movement against what was termed the unions bureaucracy, but that was countered by Peron himself. and later by the civic-military dictatorship by selectively eliminating workers and leaders engaged in new, democratic unions at the grassroots level.

    I don't for a second believe Macri is aiming to destroy the CGT leadership--he may be applying some pressure to improve his negotiation margins now that he's rolling out broad, regressive legislative changes.

    In any event, Barrionuevo's bravado about shortening the life of elected governments must be denounced as undemocratic and self-serving, directed more to protect the union bureaucrats themselves and their privileges than the workers at large.

    Jan 13th, 2018 - 07:52 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • Don Alberto

    D'Elía, sobre su detención, Viernes 12 de enero de 2018 • 13:09
    http://www.lanacion.com.ar/2100093-luis-delia-preso-es-como-un-retiro-espiritual

    Not on corruption charges, but: Detuvieron a Luis D´Elía por la firma del memorándum de entendimiento con Irán

    Jan 14th, 2018 - 12:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    I largely agree with you EM, but it has to be said that “ ALL ” trade union leaders need to be transparent as to their unions coffers and where the money is being spent and on what.Corruption is an insidious thing and unfortuneatly is considered “ normal ” in Latin America.

    Jan 14th, 2018 - 11:00 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Think

    TWIMC...

    Using the Orwellian Animal Farm Hierarchy..., I Think that...:

    it ain't gonna help us..., the other Animals...., that them corrupt political Pigs just backstab some of their corrupt trade union Dogs so them Swines can continue gorging their fat, pale Berkshire bodies with the produce of our work...

    Jan 14th, 2018 - 02:27 pm - Link - Report abuse -5
  • The Voice

    How anyone who has read Animal Farm can remain a Peronist is beyond comprehension?
    Quiz...
    Which recent President became very rich seemingly doing nothing at all?
    Where did those riches come from?
    Who bled a National Airline dry?
    Who doled out choripans and bungs for votes.

    Answers on a postcard to Think c/o Argie Embassy, Brook Street, W1

    Jan 15th, 2018 - 12:33 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Think

    Anglo Turnip just above...

    Q...: “How can anyone who has read Animal Farm remain a Peronist...?”
    A...: i dunno... Never been one...

    Q...: Which recent President became very rich seemingly doing nothing at all?
    A...: Easy one... Maurizio Macri...!

    Q...: Where did those riches come from?
    A...: Corruption with Publc Works Contracts...

    Q...: Who bled a National Airline dry?
    A...: Another easy one... Maurizio Macri...!

    Q...: Who doled out choripans and bungs for votes?
    A...: Don't know what “bungs” are..., but the custom here i Argentina is that one eats ones free choripan or drinks ones free Coca-Cola (dependng of the political orientation of the meeting one is attending)..., and..., when the time arrives..., one enters the polling booth and vote..., in complete privacy..., for the candidates one fancies...

    Jan 15th, 2018 - 04:08 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • The Voice

    Sorry Twinkle nul points I am afraid. Too much time spent in the Running Horse and Claridges Champagne Bar I suppose. By the way there are lots of YouTube videos of poor folk accepting bungs and trotting off vowing to vote for Kretina.

    Any other takers...?

    Jan 15th, 2018 - 10:46 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • chronic

    Don't worry too much about Macaroni or rg.

    Thieving politicos, generals, pot bangers, soccer, unions, ballot box, etc - rg earns everything in deserves.

    Jan 18th, 2018 - 03:53 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Marti Llazo

    Tinkle's money-laundering peronist friend Balcedo.... they're opening his deposit boxes..... the largest cash haul in the history of Uruguay.... more than US$6 million cash in his boxes there.

    https://www.infobae.com/sociedad/policiales/2018/01/18/caso-balcedo-es-la-mayor-incautacion-de-dinero-en-efectivo-en-la-historia-de-uruguay/

    Jan 19th, 2018 - 01:10 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • British_Kirchnerist

    “Q...: “How can anyone who has read Animal Farm remain a Peronist...?”
    A...: i dunno... Never been one...

    Q...: Which recent President became very rich seemingly doing nothing at all?
    A...: Easy one... Maurizio Macri...!”

    Brilliant Think =) I wonder if the other side can at least admit there are other reasons and perspectives from which to support Cristina than an ill defined bogeyman of “Peronism”, and that Macri's model of getting rich through inherited wealth and 240 corruption cases is at least as dodgy as the possibility of a hotel where both the proprietors became President doing quite a roaring trade?

    Jan 21st, 2018 - 09:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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