December 19, 2014
Gov't, unions clash over labour market bill
Labour Minister Carlos Tomada has urged both employers and unions to cooperate in the battle against informal jobs. The Kirchnerite administration was the first government to reduce workers in the black economy, the official pointed out.
In statements to media this morning, the minister called business leaders to stop what he called a “bad practice” and targeted also unions saying some organized labour movement groups “don’t care” about this matter.
“Like UATRE, that shows no explicit position against unregistered jobs,” Tomada told reporters referring to the Argentine Union of Rural and Stevedores Workers (UATRE) commanded by anti-Kirchnerite Gerónimo “Momo” Venegas.
According to Tomada, the project submited to Congress by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on Monday – that aims at registering 650,000 informal sector workers in the next to years – will reinforce the regulation capacity of his office.
The ball in Venegas' court
UATRE head Venegas, meanwhile, granted an interview to media today and questioned the Kirchnerism-sponsored project, accusing the government of failing to meet unions’ long-standing demands – the revision of the income tax and family allowances regimes, among others, main slogans of the April 10 general walkout launched by the anti-government splinters of the CGT and CTA labour confederations.
“Black market jobs have nothing to do with our demands. This project should have been submitted much earlier. And we think there should be an explicit article in the law so that those who are granted with a social benefit can register without losing the benefit,” the union leader said and added the government was “throwing the ball to our court.”
“They are telling us that we want to have unregistered workers. They came up with something that has nothing to do with our demands,” Venegas stressed and threw the ball back to the government.
“If there is someone with unregistered works, it is the state. There are people who have been hired for too long when they should be in fact hired permanently.”