May 23, 2013
LABOUR RISKSFriday, October 26, 2012
Mixed reactions to ART law
Representatives of various political groups, unions, and employer organizations yesterday alternatively criticized and celebrated the passing of the new workplace insurance companies (labour risks) law on Wednesday.
The leader of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA), José Ignacio de Mendiguren, stated that “the passing of the ART law puts an end to eight years of uncertainty, to a period that jumped from 3000 to 70,000 labour lawsuits” filed per year, celebrating an end to the “industry of lawsuits.”
Labour Risk Insurers Union (UART) head Jorge Aimaretti added that the reform seeks to “diminish lawsuits” because the worker now possesses “an important financial benefit, without having to resort to legal action.”
Spearheading the opposition to the law, Hugo Moyano’s anti-government sector of the CGT and Pablo Micheli’s dissident CTA group described the law as typical of neo-liberal ideology in that it protects employer interests and not that of the worker.
Echoing this, the secretary-general for the Court Clerks Union, Julio Piumato, criticized the reform, suggesting that “arguments from the 90s were used.” — Herald with Telam, Ambito.com