December 5, 2013
Subte workers strike, Line A service halted
Subte unionized workers have launched a surprise walkout affecting services at the Line A. The measure was called today early in the morning and is expected to last at least till Sunday. Protesters say drivers are facing sanctions as they refuse to accept “dangerous high speeds” that the concessionary company is “forcing” them to obey.
In union’s words, Metrovías would be allegedly obliging subte drivers to speed up in order to meet service schedules as several cars have been removed for operational reasons.
However, the company has released a statement rejecting workers’ allegations and explaining sanctions respond to “incorrect labour practices that affect in a direct way the service."
In the meantime, commuters using the Line A that connects the Carabobo station in the Flores neighborhood with the Plaza de Mayo station in downtown Buenos Aires will have to find alternative means of transportation waiting for the Labour Ministry to issue a mandatory conciliation and settle the dispute.