December 20, 2014
A wide-reaching stoppage
Bus and train services are expected to grind to a halt, but the protest could also halt the collection of garbage and the supply of cash in ATMs.
- Petrol stations across the country will remain shut for the day, while queues at public hospitals for non-urgent patients will be longer than usual, as the ATE state workers’ union has confirmed it will strike.
- Only the B Line of the subway is expected not to run, but breakaway AGTSyP underground workers’ unionist Roberto Pianelli, was unsure whether all staff tied to his labour grouping would be able to make the commute to work.
Services on Lines A, C, D and E could thus be affected.
- One teachers’ union has confirmed it will be joining the protests, but most schools will be open. Banks will also be open, the government insisted.
- Aerolíneas Argentinas, Austral, LAN and Sol, the country’s major airlines, will not be able to dispatch charter flights due to the cabin crew union and other related groupings including APTA joining the strike. The APA and pilots’ APLA unions did not declare their stance either for or against the measure.
- Bars and restaurants, grouped under Luis Barrionuevo’s dissident Blue and White CGT, will not open.
- Economic activity will also be hit by the port workers’ decision to cease activities for the day.