A member of Argentina's elite of powerful union sharks has been arrested in Uruguay at his Great Chaparral ranch and is awaiting extradition to Buenos Aires to face charges of corruption, money laundering, extortion, stealing funds and links with the drugs business, among others.
Argentine president Mauricio Macri is expected to veto a controversial labor bill which was approved early Thursday after a marathon session in the Lower House of Congress. The bill passed with 147 votes in favor, 3 votes against it and 88 abstentions includes the declaration of the employment emergency during 180 days and a double compensation in the event of layoffs, for a period of six months.
Argentine Labor unions will carry out more strikes after a 24-hour walkout Tuesday, if the government doesn’t heed their demand for less tax pressure, a union leader said on Monday.“The measures of force are going to increase if (the government) continues with the provocations and without giving us a response to our demands,” trucker union boss Pablo Moyano said to a local radio station.
Argentina’s teamsters union headed by the powerful leader Hugo Moyano, a former ally of the government and currently one of her most aggressive adversaries, has declared a national strike on Monday which in practical terms means the country is in full campaign ahead of the mid term October election when President Cristina Fernandez will try by all means to retain control over Congress.
The two call for dialogue but at the same time argue they are victims of extortion so it is difficult to see reconciliation, rather as escalation of the confrontation between President Cristina Fernandez and organized labour chief Hugo Moyano, particularly following on Wednesday national strike and rally at Plaza de Mayo.
Argentina is on the verge of a possible oil national and gas shortage within the next few hours as the teamsters three day strike knocks out refineries distribution in spite of the government’s decision to fine the union and file charges against the leaders of the mobilization.
As Argentine president Cristina Fernandez was landing in Buenos Aires Wednesday night cutting short her international tour, Gendarmerie forces were clashing with striking teamsters at a major fuel refinery which is vital for the supply of gas to the province of Buenos Aires.
Argentina’s organized labour hit back at President Cristina Fernandez and expressed concern over what it described the “escalation” of government repression and hoped the country keeps to state policies of persuasion and unrestricted respect for human rights.
“There are no contacts at all of any kind with the government, they have been all suspended” said on Thursday the Deputy Secretary of the Argentine powerful teamsters union Pablo Moyano when asked about current relations between organized labour and the administration of President Cristina Fernandez.
A few hours before Truckers’ Day to be celebrated at a soccer stadium and in the midst of the dispute with the Argentine government, the leader of organized labour CGT, Hugo Moyano again challenged President Cristina Fernandez saying that inflation to discuss wages is that of the supermarkets.