December 13, 2013
Colón staff protest Macri gov’t policy for theatre
Colón Theatre staff have staged a protest against “the ideological persecution and pressures by Macri’s government,” according to a statement by their representative José Piazza. The rally is an escalation of the ongoing conflict at Buenos Aires’ historical theatre following the dismissal of double bass player and workers’ representative Pastor Mora, the transfer of childrens’ choir coordinator Claudia Di Doménico and alleged pressure on 54 members of the permanent ballet company to accept a voluntary retirement plan.
In an unconventional twist, where some of the theatre’s musicians performed during the protest outside the theatre before they went on to reject Mora’s dismissal and demand his immediate reinstatement. The protesters also spurned Di Doménico’s transfer from her position as children’s choir coordinator and lent their support to 54 members of the permanent ballet company who face dismissal should they not accept the voluntary retirement plan.
“We will keep staging these protests every Tuesday. Macri’s government wants to get rid of the permanent workers in order to replace them through outsourcing companies, which always means business for someone or other,” Piazza said. “The workers fear constant harassment by City authorities,” he added.
— Herald with Télam