December 11, 2013
UIA's Méndez reaffirms criticism of gov't but 'stands' for dialogue
Head of the Argentine Industrial Union Héctor Méndez has renewed his criticism of the government but insisted on dialogue. Last week the business leader considered a “stronger” economy minister was probably being needed, prompting reactions from President CFK.
“We should have an economy minister with more fortitude. Problem is the government has fortitude but its tentacles are loosening. There are many (officials) who don’t want to be faced with the President’s annoyance, ministers that therefore can not face reality and manage it in silence given the President’s strong personality,” Méndez said last week. A few days later, in a meeting with business leaders, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner responded “nobody should be afraid of saying what they think.”
Today the UIA head granted an interview with a local radio station from Italy where he traveled to and explained he tried to contact Economy Minister Hernán Lorenzino to clear up the situation but could not reach him. “I am for dialogue,” Méndez stated and added he will be contacting both Lorenzino and Fernández de Kirchner as soon as he arrives from Europe.
The chief of the Argentine Industrial Union also addressed unregistered job rates recently revealed by the INDEC statistics bureau reaching 34.5 percent. “If there is a political decision” current trends could be tackled, Méndez said.
“Black market jobs represent an absolutely disloyal competition. I totally defend registered employment,” he affirmed as he decided not to get involved in the current row over the budget law that some opposition sectors have already questioned.
“We must work, seek for solutions and do everything within the margins of law and the less traumatic ways for the people,” Méndez finally said.