October 31, 2014
For Piumato, it is 'clear' people did not go to work
Human Rights Secretary of the anti-government CGT labour confederation Julio Piumato considered attendance to Thursday’s walkout was “forceful” adding that there was no “obstacle” for people going to work. “Buses are empty,” Piumato said.
“Buses are empty. If buses did not strike it was because of the government’s extortion. We know how leaders put pressure (on unions), they told them they were going to cut subsidies. This is no kids game,” the also head of the judicial workers union told reporters this morning.
“Pickets are an anecdote, (staged by) a minority sector and traffic was at a lowest level. People did not go to work and that is clear,” Piumato insisted as he was queried about the 36-hour picket launched by the anti-government CTA central of workers led by Pablo Micheli, joined by left-wing groups.
Following the decision of the UTA transport union to not strike today, the CGT leader said bus drivers were working “under pressure.” “I’ve known the UTA union for too long and when you look at the face of bus drivers (you see) they are not going happy to work. They are working under pressure, buses are empty."
“This is not only a strike of those who called for it. Today’s is a forceful strike and it is expressing people that are going through a bad time. This government is complicating workers’ life more and more,” the historic aide of CGT’s head Hugo Moyano affirmed adding the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration “intimidates people’s dignity.”