Subway strike ends, workers lift turnstiles
Buenos Aires City subway commuters were forced to find another means of transportation this morning following a two-hour strike launched by the AGTSyP metro workers. The measure affected all line services from 5-7 am today.
The walkout has been lifted but the protest continues with workers closing ticket booths and lifting turnstiles at subway stations.
Subway union sources said they were protesting over the lack of security and wanted improvements to specific demands such as putting armour plating on all subway ticket booths, and a greater presence by the Metropolitan police. The City’s police forces took over patrolling subway stations from the Federal police on June 1.
The local labour secretary attempted to resolve the conflict yesterday by calling a meeting with the AGTSyP union and Buenos Aires Subways (SBASE), but they weren’t able to settle the conflict. According to the union, the City government has not fulfilled its promise to put armour plating on all subway ticket booths by 2014.