December 20, 2014
A guide to surviving today’s strike
Many sectors of the economy will be affected by today’s national strike — some entirely and others partially, given the union divisions within individual sectors. These include:
- Banks: staff in the banking sector, having carried out over a half-dozen strikes so far this year, will be taking part in today’s activities. However, bank clerks have declared the demands they will make today are independent of anti-government CGT and CTA groups.
- Flights: flight attendants, technicians, flight security officers and pilots will keep their feet on the ground today in adherence with the national strike. The decision of pilots comes just two weeks after a seperate morning strike that left passengers stranded for several hours at BA City’s two airports.
- Subte: of the six subte underground train lines that zig-zag across this capital, only one — Line B — will be out of service during today’s strike. Each line has separate union representation, and as such only workers on Line B have decided to strike.
- Trains: commuter trains that link this capital with Greater Buenos Aires will not be operating today, with train-driver unions confirming their full participation in today’s strike.
- General transport: despite the UTA public transport union that groups together bus-drivers confirming it won’t be walking off the job today, a significant part of the broader transport sector will be. Anti-government CGT leader Hugo Moyano’s teamster’s union will take part in the strike, meaning logistics and rubbish collection services won’t be operating.
- Taxis: finding a taxi today might be slightly more difficult than usual, with members of the Taxi-Owners Union having confirmed their participation in the national strike. Other taxi workers unions, however, have said they will continue providing services.
- Schools: of the country’s many different teachers’ unions, teachers represented by the FEB and SUTEBA will be striking along with several smaller union groups for a partial strike in the education sector. Given the ATE’s adherence to the strike, reception, cleaning and kitchen staff may also be missing from schools today.
- Hospitals: public hospitals across the country will be affected by the walk-out of workers in the CICOP health care workers union which has representation in all 78 public hospitals in Buenos Aires province. Only security guards and emergency staff are expected to attend hospitals today.
- Bars, restaurants: several hospitality workers’ unions have confirmed their adherence to today’s strike, which means many bars and restaurants will close their doors to customers.
- Petrol stations: drivers will be affected not only by a lack of deliveries of petrol, but the absence of petrol station workers who have confirmed their participation in the national strike.
- Judicial workers: court workers are another addition to today’s broad group of workers who won’t be showing up to work today.