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Macri, Moyano, Barrionuevo to meet today

The potential presidential candidates from Peronist ranks passed, but Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri did not.

The PRO party leader will meet anti-government CGT umbrella union heads Hugo Moyano and Luis Barrionuevo today, supposedly to discuss “problems in the labour market” and the impact on salaries following last week’s sharp devaluation of the peso.

Macri’s decision to accept a meeting with Moyano, a former political enemy (who, for his part, was also a former political enemy of Barrionuevo, head of the White and Blue CGT) marked a big difference to what happened earlier last week, when Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli, Córdoba provincial leader José Manuel De la Sota and Renewal Front leader Sergio Massa declined to participate in a CGT summit in the seaside city of Mar del Plata.

The meeting will take place at 11am at the Bolivar 1 City headquarters, local Cabinet Chief Horacio Rodríguez Larreta confirmed yesterday.

Macri will be visited “by a group of union leaders worried about the country’s economic situation,” Rodríguez Larreta said. “I guess we’ll be analyzing problems in the labour market (which was) affected by inflation,” the PRO official said.

“It’s a space for dialogue, nothing else,” the City’s Cabinet chief concluded, dismissing that the photo-op could also be seen as a political message.

Meanwhile, national lawmaker Omar Plaini — one of CGT’s representatives at the Lower House of Congress — revealed Moyano and Barrionuevo were also seeking a meeting with the head of the Broad Progressive Front (FAP), Hermes Binner, who’s also intending to run for president in the 2015 elections.

Plaini also dismissed the idea that the meeting between Macri, Moyano and Barrionuevo would result in any kind of political accord with the PRO party.

“We’re not running behind success,” the lawmaker said.

Plaini, who shares a political bloc with Facundo Moyano, son of the teamsters’ leader, said he would spend his time “creating new laws and voting in favour of the interests of unions and workers.”

Herald staff with DyN

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