December 13, 2013
Surprise weekend industrial actionMonday, November 4, 2013
Line A subway strike ends today
A 48-hour surprise weekend strike by subway Line A union workers ended last night, with full service expected to resume today.
The strike was called after the AGTSyP subway union rejected a modification to employee procedures mandated by the licencee company Metrovías and disciplinary actions implemented against employees that rejected the changes.
A union spokesman said the strike would be lifted at midnight, allowing a return to normal operations by 5am. The union also complained that Metrovías lacks an “emergency weekend schedule, even though the union had officially notified the company about the strike on Friday.”
“We informed them of our decision to strike and clarified that we would not impede the company from implementing an emergency schedule. We think its perverse that they are trying to make subway users turn against the labour union,” said the AGTSyP spokesman.
Metrovías defended itself, saying the strike was called because a few subway workers had rejected the new schedule that would “improve the standards of service.”
Workers, however, insist the new measures would put the passengers’ and workers’ “lives at risk.”
The strike began Saturday at 6am and affected 190,000 users, according to Metrovías.
—Herald staff with Telam,DyN