March 10, 2014
FpV lawmaker Héctor Recalde talks to the HeraldTuesday, December 24, 2013
‘The trial is very frustrating for the Republic’
Minutes after the ruling, Victory Front (FpV) lawmaker Héctor Recalde, a politician close to workers’ unions, talked to the Herald giving reaction to the ruling and explaining how the law passed in 2000 affected “Peronist ideals”.
What do you think about the ruling by Federal Oral Court Number 3?
It’s very frustrating for the Republic, but I could foresee this, since the court did not accept Mario Pontaquarto’s wife’s statements before ruling. She was the person who saw the five millon pesos (allegedly used to bribe senators). I feel frustrated because I’m sure there were bribes involved in the Senate.
How do you believe unions will receive the ruling?
I wrote a book about it. I was afraid something (like this) could happen, that’s why I wrote an article in April, 2000. I felt disillusioned. The bill’s content did not justify its passing — and it was against Peronist ideals.
What is your opinion on the Peronist senators who voted for the bill?
They defected from Peronist ideas. Once, I met face to face with (Augusto) Alasino and Alberto Tell. Alasino was very rude at me.
Besides (yesterday’s) ruling, voting for the Labour Law was a betrayal to all the workers and it should receive social condemnation.
It seems that there will be social condemnation of this kind of so-called Peronists. The Labour Law became known as the “Banelco Law” (in reference to a debit card company), because four union heads said the former Labour Ministry referred to the bill that way. But in the criminal justice system they were found innocents.
It’s part of democracy and justice made this interpretation — but I’m against it.
Which word would you use to describe the result of the trial?