May 21, 2013
Pro-gov’t CGT sets March deadline for tax adjustment
Omar Maturana, the leader of La Fraternidad train drivers union, aligned with Antonio Caló’s pro-government CGT umbrella union, yesterday set a March 1 “deadline” for the state “to adjust income tax.”
The union leader thus demanded an adjustment in response to inflation before the yearly wage negotiations, scheduled for March.
“On March 1, we will begin discussions and demand between 25 and 28 percent increases,” because “that is the inflation that occurred this year in supermarkets,” stated Maturana yesterday.
Regarding the government’s proposed ceiling of 20 percent wage hikes, Maturana claimed: “It depends on the income tax. If the executive or legislative branches modify the tax, then we will be able to determine minimum and maximum levels.”
The union leader emphasized that income tax currently “eats 10 percent of salaries,” and “we are demanding a 28 percent” increase, “so the worker will be left with 18 percent,” implying that “we lose a year and a half’s wages.”
“The CGT is asking for a complete tributary reform, and we have presented the President with a proposal,” Maturana added, also questioning: “Why do workers pay income tax and banks do not?”
Maturana concluded by claiming: “we do not know where income tax money ends up,” if “it goes to Anses, for example, let it be held to account what it does with those funds.”
—Herald with Ambito.com