October 25, 2014
Caló’s UOM rejects strike despite ‘partial agreement with demands’
The Metallurgical Workers' Union (UOM), lead by head of the government-allied CGT umbrella union Antonio Caló, surprisingly issued a press release informing it will not join tomorrow’s anti-government strike in spite of “partial agreement with demands.”
UOM does not need to issue this kind of resolution as the strike was called by the opposing CGT splinter, lead by Hugo Moyano, and in fact did not do so for the last strike headed by Moyano and union leader Luis Barrionuevo.
The press release states the strike was summoned by “some syndical organizations” and rejects the measure, although it affirms there are “partial agreement with demands.”
Tomorrow's strike main claims are the defense of the workers salary and the rise of the income tax floor, as stated by Moyano.
The decision was reached by UOM’s directive board after a meeting set to discuss “national socio-economical situation and the labor problematic in the different productive sectors.”
“The existence of an international crisis that affects even central and developed countries and the attack towards Argentina exercised by speculative and financial economic agents, both foreign and national, determine dialogue to be the best tool for solving problems,” the press release reads.
UOM recognized its sector lost 4 thousand working positions and has 15 thousand workers suspended but argued the situation could be improved by “developing the re-industrialization process with social inclusion started by late and former President Néstor Carlos Kirchner in 2003.”