December 22, 2014
Moyano predicts 'many' bus drivers will join walkout, warns against violence
Although the UTA transport union said it will not be joining Thursday’s general strike, the head of the anti-government splinter of the CGT labour confederation considered some bus drivers might be walking off their jobs tomorrow.
Teamsters' chief Hugo Moyano also warned those adhering to the stoppage to do so in a peaceful way, in order to avoid accusations of violent behaviour from critics.
“In many cases, they (bus drivers) will do it because it is workers that suffer the consequences. Union leaders have it easier but we have to respond to workers,” Moyano told reporters this morning, adding that not joining the walkout is to “disrespect” workers.
“Those suffering the consequences of the lack of response to demands are workers,” Moyano insisted questioning the UTA transport union led by Roberto Fernández that gave thumbs down to the 24-hour strike called by the anti-government splinters of the CGT labour confederation and the CTA central of workers along with Luis Barrionuevo’s Uthgra gastronomic union for tomorrow.
As regards the strike, Moyano asked workers to carry out the measure “peacefully”, and hoped no violent acts occur as “government will make unions responsible for the violence.”
“We ask workers to carry out the strike with calm and tranquility. I hope there will be no violence tomorrow, because we have been told something may happen and if that’s the case the government will make us responsible. But workers are not violent,” he said.
Queried about criticism by Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich of tomorrow’s protest action, the also Secretary General of the teamsters union said Capitanich was talking “nonsense.” In recent statements, the head of ministers linked anti-kirchnerism labour sectors with vulture funds suing Argentina over its defaulted bonds.
“Listening to him saying such stupidities is pathetic and besides we are all paying him such a high salary," the union leader said.
Moyano, who has been recently elected as president of the Independiente soccer club, also renewed his criticism of the government’s economic policies urging the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration to “implement a social agreement” involving “business leaders, workers, all sectors.”
For the CGT head, projects such as the Anti-Hoarding Act or the Precios Cuidados price watch program “are “measures that have already failed in other countries.” President Kirchner rules the nation with “arrogance” and his administration has an “expiration date,” Moyano said.