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Subte B line to resume normal service, deal struck with workers

Recent industrial action has led to long delays and queues on the B line
Recent industrial action has led to long delays and queues on the B line
Recent industrial action has led to long delays and queues on the B line
A normal service is scheduled to return on the Subte's B line from Thursday morning, after public transport workers reached an agreement with the City government following 15 days of negotiations.

The Buenos Aires government revealed on Tuesday that they had agreed with the the Unionist Association of Subte and Premetro Workers (Agtsyp) a reestablishment of regular service, incorporating the two terminals that had been the focus of over two weeks of conflict.

Tensions had been raised on the opening of two new stations, Esteban Echeverría and Juan Manuel de Rosas, which Subte delegates had insisted were not ready for public use. After union members were instructed not to man trains at the new terminals, middle-managers and supervisors had been filling in to provide a limited service.

A Subte representative, speaking through a statement, explained that "This afternoon a temporary deal for the next 15 days has been struck, during which the workers will make four and a half journeys [per shift] and they will be obliged to give their fullest cooperation in carrying out duties."

"We are happy that after such a difficult task we could solve this conflict and that it will benefit more than 50,000 residents of Villa Urquiza, who are waiting anxiously for the arrival of the Subte," Juan Pablo Piccardo, head of Buenos Aires Subte State Society.

While workers previously carried out five journeys on Subte B during a shift, one journey constituting two full trips between the terminals of Leandro Alem and Las Incas, a key complaint from the union was that the extra stations would make journeys longer and remove break times.

The compromise sees employees reduce their daily workload by half a journey to compensate, a decision that union lawyer Luis Ramirez called "the formula for a consensus."
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