Misiones provincial leader confirms raises as Capitanich rules out new conflictsTuesday, January 7, 2014
Chaco governor won’t pay agreed-to police salary
Acting Chaco Governor Juan Carlos Bacileff Ivanoff yesterday confirmed he had backpedalled from the increases granted to provincial police forces who negotiated last month amid looting and vandalism.
Bacileff Ivanoff also dismissed the importance of street protests that still continue in some parts of the province, calling its supporters “police leftovers.”
“They have fallen in the latest purges for having taken part in the illegal repression,” the governor expressed. “They’re the ones who came (to the province) a long time ago trying to destabilize police work in the context of democracy.”
The provincial leader — who in November replaced current Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich in his post — said officers “did not join” the sit-ins, although he acknowledged some non-comissioned officers did.
In December, police strikes led to lootings and the killing of 12 people — five of them in the Chaco province.
Although police unions are forbidden by law, representatives from the security forces held “extortion-like” meetings with provincial leaders in which hikes were agreed upon.
Some governors claimed those agreement were “null and void” and cancelled the hike. Bacileff Ivanoff said Chaco was a special case.
“The wage issue was agreed between the very police officers and the (province’s) Security Secretary” Marcelo Churín, the provincial leader said.
The accord establishes an advance payment of between 1,200 and 1,450 pesos “to be incorporated into the 2014 salary negotiations,” Bacileff Ivanoff told Radio Rivadavia.
The latest agreement differs from the one originally agreed upon by a province official who had been kept “hostage” during the police revolt “until he said he would give police officers a minimum wage of 8,000 pesos.”
The latest deal has already been passed as a decree, Bacileff Ivanoff said.
Misiones pays it all
Meanwhile, Misiones province Governor Maurice Closs denied having taken a similar decision.
“I paid salaries on December 31, I paid what was agreed even though (salary ‘negotiations’) were technically a complex situation,” Closs told Radio América.
“I did not roll back with any of the agreements (reached with police forces),” he added.
That left Entre Ríos Governor Sergio Urribarri as the only governor openly opposing police pay increases obtained under “extortion”.
On Saturday, Urribarri’s Government Minister, Adán Bahl, said that even if “the agreement signed with the police on December 9 in Concordia had been signed by the governor, the Pope and 10 notaries, it is null and void.”
Yesterday, Capitanich played down the possibility of a new conflict in the provinces by saying that “each and every one” of the governors took strategic measures in order to pay “coherent salaries.”
“Security depends on every jurisdiction and the salaries of (provincial) police forces are composed differently in each case,” Capitanich told reporters.
Herald staff with DyN
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