December 12, 2013
BA City gov't, company blame workers for ongoing Subte B conflict
A little bit more than a week after negotiations seemed to have succeeded, unionized subte workers launched a 24-hour strike this morning at the Line B service prompting chaos and frustration among commuters.
Thousands were forced to find alternatives transportation and cope with freezing temperatures hitting Buenos Aires city this week after the AGTSyP union decided on a new walkout interrupting the service from the Echeverría to the Juan Manuel de Rosas stations.
According to workers, security conditions “are granted” to run the service and blamed both subte licensee Metrovías and the Buenos Aires Subway (SBASE) companies for the ongoing conflict.
In an official statement, Metrovías rejected AGTSyP’s position accusing the union of “inconvenient decisions that leave thousands of commuters without transportation”.
Buenos Aires City cabinet chief Horacio Rodríguez Larreta also made workers responsible for the dispute and assured the line B can be operated without problems.
The Echeverría and Juan Manuel de Rosas stations were inaugurated on July 26 by Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri, but the line’s service has only been working on a limited basis following strike actions over the past weeks.