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Moyano: no done deal for Quilmes’ teamsters yet
Dissident CGT union boss Hugo Moyano dismissed yesterday that Buenos Aires Metropolitan Quilmes Mayor Francisco “Barba” Gutiérrez had resolved the dispute over the transfer of the districts’ waste collection services from the private sector to the municipality despite the mayor having claimed to have done so Friday night.
“We can reach an agreement” with the Quilmes city government but only if “the national government allows them to sign,” said the dissident union boss.
This seemed to signify that the negotiations had taken a step backwards despite Gutiérrez announcing that they had reached an agreement with the truckers union. A source close to the Quilmes mayor clarified to the Herald that a verbal agreement was reached with the union but that the final agreement would be signed by Monday, unless Moya
no decided to end up backing out. The conflict intensified after the powerful union threatened to extend the waste collection strike —that has gone on for already five days in Quilmes— throughout the whole country.
Although, the dissident CGT union boss said that the conflict was for the moment unresolved, he did anticipate that “If the municipality signs today with the union representatives, and promises that there isn’t one worker left on the street and that they will be paid the same salary, we could reach an accord.”
The conflict intensified yesterday after the union threatened to extend the waste collection strike throughout the whole country. Moyano underlined that if an agreement was made then all the other municipalities must start paying the same salary, claiming that “unions from municipalities were the only ones that don’t have salary negotiations, they pay them what they want.”
Last Friday, Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli said that he backed the Quilmes mayor in the city administration’s conflict with the truckers union. “These are decisions for municipalities. The provincial government must be on the mayor’s side to help and support their decisions,” said Scioli.
The conflict originated last Monday after the Quilmes Mayor had decided against extending the contract of private waste collection company Covelia — their lease is scheduled to expire tomorrow. Covelia is alleged to have close ties to the dissident CGT union boss. The Truckers Union’s Secretary General Pablo Moyano (Hugo Moyano’s son) had violently threatened the Quilmes municipality after the approval was made when he stated last Tuesday “They are looking for this and I’m saying that if there have to be deaths, there will be one, two, three.”