June 20, 2013
Teamsters' union calls off national strike
The teamsters’ union decided not to carry out a national strike after the Buenos Aires province district of Quilmes reached an agreement with Covelia rubbish collecting company to extend the contracts for some recently dismissed workers for three months.
The announcement took place after the Quilmes councilmen approved an extension of a sanitary emergency which enabled the townhall to negotiate with Covelia, a powerful rubbish company linked to the Moyano family.
Quilmes mayor Francisco Gutiérrez signed a three month extension contract with Covelia but warned that the tender to hire the next concessionary of the rubbish collection service is underway.
The teamster’s under-secretary Pablo Moyano ratified today that rubbish collectors will go on a national strike if the 400 workers fired by garbage disposal company Covelia in the Southern Greater BA district of Quilmes are not rehired in the short term.
“If in the next few hours we don’t reach an agreement, we will have to take national measures because what happened in Quilmes could happen anywhere in the country,” Moyano remarked.
“For instance, rumours spurred that it could also happen in Bahia Blanca. We are either going to strike or work under strict job restrictions,” said Moyano in a radio interview today.
Yesterday, the teamster also accused President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of wanting “thousands” of garbage collectors to be fired in order to assign their jobs to workers within the Argentina Works welfare programme, and challenged all Kirchnerite mayors to personally inform workers that they would lose their “7,000-peso” salaries currently paid by private companies in order to earn “1,500” through the work programme.