May 22, 2013
Truckers' strike: Gov't takes legal action against Moyanos, fuel shortage reported
As Teamsters' Union head Pablo Moyano is expected to give a press conference at 4pm, the truckers’ national strike continues affecting mainly the fuel distribution which leaves the country on the verge of a possible oil and gas shortage within the next few hours. Meanwhile, the Labour Ministry has announced a 4 million pesos fine to the truckers’ union, while the Interior Ministry has officially filed charges against Hugo and Pablo Moyano. On the afternoon, truckers in company of other allied unions are to head a massive demonstration to Plaza de Mayo.
According to fuel distributors’ chambers in Buenos Aires Province, the situation will worsen by noon as “between 60 and 65 percent of the provincial petrol stations will probably exhaust their existence stock”, the head of the Buenos Aires Fuel Entities Federation Luis Malchiodi said.
As Hugo Moyano is expected to announce today for how long they plan to extend the national strike, his son and leader of the truckers’ union, Pablo, is to head a massive demonstration to Plaza de Mayo today.
National government’s warnings of taking some severe legal actions came true today as the Labour Minister Carlos Tomada announced that beside pressing charges against Hugo and Pablo Moyano for being responsible of the consequences of the unjustified strike, a four million pesos fine will be issued for the Teamsters’ union due to its rejection to the compulsory conciliation dictated by the Ministry.
“Let them press charges against me, there is no problem whatsoever, but starting right now a general nationwide teamster’s strike begins,” Moyano had said during an interview with a cable news channel yesterday.
The legal action refers to offenses contemplated in articles 149 of the Penal Code as threats and aggravated threats when they aim to obtain a measure or concession on part of either the Executive, legislative or judiciary branches.
Minister Randazzo acting on behalf President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, filed the charges against the Moyanos at the Comodoro Py courthouse.
Today’s massive rally at Plaza de Mayo, right in front of the Government’s House, is supposed to gather all unions allied with the Moyano family.
“We will march towards Plaza de Mayo and other unions will back us up", Pablo Moyano said and assured that "A Government that needs to deploy armed forces to the street is doing something wrong."
Due to the current situation, the Head of State had to cut her trip to the Rio+20 Summit in Río de Janeiro and returned yesterday to Buenos Aires to closely monitor the situation.
The teamsters' union demands a 30 percent wage increase, the end of the income tax and to salary caps to collect family allowances.