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Ahead of Wednesday's talks, CTA's Yasky voices need for tax reform

Head of the pro-government splinter of the CTA Hugo Yasky holds a conference questioning a ruling by the US Supreme Court refusing to hear Argentina''s case against vulture funds (file photo).

As the pro-government CTA central of workers readies for a meeting tomorrow with Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich, its secretary general Hugo Yasky said income tax and a debate on a "comprehensive" tax reform will be among the main issues the union will take to Wednesday’s round of talks.

“Last week we requested a meeting with the labour minister (Carlos Tomada) and with the cabinet chief (Jorge Capitanich) and we have been granted (with a meeting) for tomorrow at 11 am. We will bring up the need to change the income tax scale in order to give more progressiveness to the tax and then mitigate the impact on lowest salaries,” Yasky said in an interview to a radio show today adding the CTA will also demand an advance in the second payment of pensions of the year.

Among other issues the CTA aims at discussing tomorrow, is a “debate over a comprehensive tax reform so that those who have more pay more,” the CTA secretary general explained.

A call against vulture funds

The CTA head highlighted the “need for a call to all organizations representing workers and business leaders to face vulture funds.”

Denying that Argentina goes not “in any way” through a “catastrophe-like scenario,” Yasky considered that if the South American country manages to “muddle through the siege of financial capitals, it will be because we have a country that is working.”

“Argentina has a lot of possibilities. It is a country with lots of richness. Problems are real and evidently worrying but they are being worsened by the pressure of very powerful sectors that want the country to fail completely,” Hugo Yasky insisted showing confidence that “there is still margin to prevent a larger recession and a sharp fall in employment which would be entering into the worst of the worlds.”

“From here to December, I think there could be unrest situations but they will be in the context of workers’ demands.”

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