December 18, 2014
Moyano: General strike will be 'massive'
The heads of the anti-government labour unions Hugo Moyano, Luis Barrionuevo and Pablo Michelli held a press conference to ratify tomorrow’s general strike, a walkout that will be “massive” and a have “high” turnout.
Income tax, inflation, the administration of medical insurance services, family allowances "for all workers," an "emergency" salary rise for pensioners were among the main protest slogans that union leaders vindicated during a press conference this morning.
“No one can deny this walkout belongs to everyone. We can not understand how some are denying it and saying this is a political strike,” CGT labour confederation Secretary General and teamsters leader Hugo Moyano said alluding to the criticism by government officials who considered the strike had a political nature, even linking the protest action with opposition leader Sergio Massa.
“We are certain that tomorrow's we will be a show of how we have read people’s will. The strike will be massive,” Moyano affirmed and warned that any violent event that could take place on Thrusday will fall on the government’s shoulders.
Gastronimic workers head Luis Barrionuevo in fact said that “he had information” about Kirchnerites "orchestrating" violent events for tomorrow.
“Our agenda will have the support of all the population, we are becoming the voice of those who can not speak, from that that can not eat to that who has no security. We are doing what the community is asking us to do. Tomorrow’s will be a strike that will remain in the history of Argentina,” Barrionuevo affirmed and pointed out protesting workers were not seeking to “destabilize” the federal government.
“Although we do not belong to the same union neither we think the same in several issues, we did not hesitate to leave all differences aside facing such a critic situation, struggliung for social justice,” CTA’s Pablo Micheli said aligned with the statements by Moyano and Barrionuevo, adding that the February 24 devaluation of Argentina’s peso currency and high inflation are “crushing” workers’ purchasing power.
“The best show that workers disagree with the government will be the solitude and the silence of the streets tomorrow to show we disagree with this economic model. We are against of destabilizing the government; we are in favour of a democracy where wealth can be distributed somehow else,” Micheli insisted.