December 20, 2014
Moyano rules out 'immediate' return to strike action
Trade union heavyweight and CGT Azopardo leader Hugo Moyano has defended the general strike held on Thursday alongside fellow union boss Luis Barrionuevo, while also asserting that further action was unlikely in the immediate future.
The Teamsters figurehead was one of the driving forces behind industrial action that ground parts of Argentina to a halt, as several key unions went on strike while a coordinated series of roadblocks and transport stoppages made moving in Buenos Aires a difficult task."Strikes are measures taken to make one's voice heard, and if it is not heard one cannot passively accept the decision of a government that imposes policies in an authoritarian manner which hurt workers and society as a whole," Moyano fired today.
Despite his defence of industrial measures, the CGT head downplayed the possibility of further action in what he deemed "the immediate future".
"We have to take an enormous responsibility in knowing how and when we should do things. This was shown on April 10," he explained.
"Very few times in history has a strike been announced with so much notice, which allowed us to carry out a thorough analysis but which also gave the government time to put all their communications machinery into gear, in order to weaken and even avoid the strike. Not too hasty or too late, as Perón used to say."
And Moyano also questioned the words of government-aligned unionist Antonio Caló, who suggested that the strike succeeded due to the fact a lack of transport kept people out of work.
"If they had wanted to go to work, they would have done so in some way," he stated.