Argentina’s organized labour said “there are no differences in the relationship with the government” despite President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, CFK criticisms and further stated that they will support the president’s re-election bid “without being obsequious”.
“The President is the one that leads the country’s future and we represent a very important sector of society. We will support her without being obsequious and without generating conflicts with the Government” union leader Juan Carlos Schmid told reporters before a meeting of the Labour Confederation National Council, CGT, in La Plata.
“Cristina said in her speech that she didn’t want exploitation or blackmailing, but there are lost of exploiters remaining in Argentina. People should focus on other sectors of Argentine society, not only on unions” Schmid warned.
According to media reports the CGT national council headed by their leader Hugo Moyano addressed several issues during the several hours meeting including workers income policies, the profit sharing bill and a strategy to address President Cristina Fernandez claims that the unions are exerting too much power, distorting normal activity and attacking the economic model.
Cristina Fernandez in on several of her speeches threatened with stepping down from making a re-election bid next October: “I’m not dying to be president”. She also called for an end to extortions and blackmails and said when unions are only moved by their specific interests and leave aside the community they become a “corporate organization”.
Moyano has been pressing for Cristina Kirchner to announce her re-election bid and demanding 33% of ballot list filled with unionists including the vice-president seat in the presidential ticket for his legal advisor and lawmaker Hector Recalde.
Mrs. Kirchner close political allies have called Moyano a “vote-killer” because of his attitudes and ‘gangster’ methods blackmailing with the teamsters and oil workers unions that can paralyze Argentina and scare middle of the road voters.
Apparently Moyano ordered less political confrontation and more labour related claims: salaries, reimbursement of unions’ solidarity funds, increasing the minimum taxable income particularly serious in a high inflation economy, profit sharing, among other issues.