September 16, 2014
Sobrero warns of 48-hour walkout if gov't doesn't listen to demands
Union leader of the Sarmientro train service workers Rubén “Pollo” Sobrero warned the government should pay attention to today’s protest slogans threatening with a 48-hour strike for September.
According to Sobrero, train services were being completely “paralyzed” with only a “few” buses completing their round and “few” people commuting.
“This is a strong strike,” he said urging the government to address unions’ demands to discuss income tax and open salary talks as “most (workers) have got a 28 percent (rise) while inflation is reaching 40 percent.”
“If there is no change in the economic policy we will see a very complicated scenario (…) and workers will have to be on the streets all the time,” the Sarmiento train leader said.
“Unions that are the worst are those supporting the government such as mechanic, metal, food and transport workers. They (union leaders) support the government and it is their workers who are striking. We have to be supportive and fight for those workers,” Sobrero stated.
The UTA transport union has been under fire over the past days as it rejected to join today’s walkout.
Head of the anti-government splinter of the CGT labour confederation Hugo Moyano, for instance, accused the government of threatening UTA it was going to lose subsidies if it adhered to the strike while CGT’s Human Rights Secretary and head of the judicial workers union Julio Piumato said today bus drivers were working "under pressure."