March 9, 2014
Moyano's CGT says income tax floor rise 'not sufficient'
Members of the Peronist CGT Labour Confederation led by Hugo Moyano came on stage to make clear that yesterday’s income tax floor 20% rise announced by President Cristina Fernández “is not enough.”
Victory Front’s Lawmaker and Newspaper Salesmen union boss Omar Plaini warned during an interview with Radio Continental that the income tax floor “was not increased last year”, hence indicating that workers are still trailing inflation in what seems to be an endless race.
Likewise, Plaini stressed that once collective bargaining talks finish, “there will be much more workers reached by the income tax.”
“Yesterday’s announcement leads us to fierier wage talks as the income-tax floor is something based on inflation. All unions are starting talks with a clear demand: a 25 percent raise”, thus going above the 20 percent maximum raise that several government officials have been lobbying for.
Furthermore, UATRE farm hands union leader Gerónimo Venegas, considered that President Fernández "came totally short", and added, “The increase has nothing to do with the country’s reality, but the President believes she lives in Wonder Land.”
“How come President Fernández wants a maximum wage increase of 20 percentage points when last year’s inflation rate was around 28 percent?”, Vanegas told Radio Mitre reporters.
Vanegas also explained that “after two years without touching the income tax floor, the announcement comes short, it’s not enough. But the President wants to keep collecting money on the workers expenses.”
The unionist also responded to the President’s attack after the Head of State indicated during last night’s speech that even though the farming sector has the highest profitability rates the farm hands have some of the lowest salaries in the nation.
“It gives one the chills plus anger to see the President lying just like that”, Vanegas counterattacked and remembered that last year “It was her government that took us away a 10.7 percentage salary increased after we had discussed and reached a 35.7 increase during wage talks since the national government only authorized a 25% rise.”
“Today’s minimum wage for a farm hand worker is 3,580 pesos plus home and food.”