July 26, 2014
Teamstears threaten to launch 48-hour strike as salary talks fail again
Collective bargaining talks between the Sichoca teamsters union and the transport business sector have failed once more, prompting union leaders to intensify protest actions and launch walkout threats.
“Unfortunately, the offer the business sector brought is far from what we are asking for. We want a 40 percent rise; business leaders came today with a ridiculous 28 percent,” deputy Secretary General of Sichoca Pablo Moyano told reporters today.
This is the third round of talks teamsters hold with the heads of the FADEEAC transport federation at the headquarters of the Labour Ministry in Buenos Aires City.
“We reached no agreement. On Monday, there will be a national plenary when we will set all the dates for the measures we will take. It could be a surprise walkout. We don’t rule out the possibility of a 48-hour walkout if no agreement is reached,” Moyano warned.
If teamsters go on strike, sudden protest actions could affect trash pickup services, fuel, money and food transportation services.
“Any of the 18 activities could be paralyzed. In case we don’t get what we are asking for we don’t rule out a 48-hour strike at a national level for all teamsters’ activities,” the union leader explained.
The office headed by Labour Minister Carlos Tomada has set a new date for salary negotiations for Tuesday 24 with the FADEEAC already saying it is “impossible” for the sector to reach teamsters’ 40 percent demand.