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Barrionuevo threatens 36, 48-hour strikes

The leader of the CGT 'Blue and White' umbrella union, Luis Barrionuevo, has declared that an upcoming strike planned for April 10 will be a success. However, the gastronomic union boss also warned that if workers' demands were not heeded by the government, action could be prolonged for up to two days.

The Blue and White header will coordinate industrial measures alongside Teamsters figure Hugo Moyano, who is in charge of the CGT 'Azopardo' faction but who in recent months has become closer to the outspoken opponent of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

"The strike is going to be a success: there will be no transport of any kind, no boats, trains, planes, buses, or service stations. Although we do not believe the government will be taking note of this strike," Barrionuevo affirmed in an interview with El Tribuno today.

"For that reason, afterwards we will take stock and continue with the action plan we have already decided [which includes] 36-hour measures of force with movilisation, and then 48 hours."

The unionist denied the notion that the stoppage was based on political reasons, explaining that peronist politicians such as Daniel Scoili and Sergio Massa had refused to talk to representatives of organised labour.

"They have not answered us, they did not want to come to our meetings to which they were invited," he fired, referring to a summit held in Mar del Plata over the summer.

"Some leaders who are close to the government will understand that the defence of workers' interests comes before politics. They should prioritise that," Barrionuevo concluded, in a thinly veiled attack on union chiefs still aligned to the national government.
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