December 17, 2014
'Workers don't strike; this is the gov't that defends them the most'
According to Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich, Thursday’s general strike called by anti-government unions was only joined by 25 percent of unions. It is the government that stands for workers’ interests, the head of ministers assured.
The Cristina Fernández de Kirchner “defends” workers through the “strength” and “recovery” of the social security system, the creation of 6.6 million jobs and “stimulus” to the economy, Capitanich said in his daily briefing to the press at the government house this morning.
“Workers don’t strike because they know that it is this government that defends workers the most,” the cabinet chief affirmed rejecting protest slogans that anti-government splinters of the CGT labour confederation and the CTA central of workers along with leftist groups took to the streets yesterday.
“The scope of income tax accounts for 10.4 percent of workers and it involves a redistributing effect in children studying and seeking to access the labour market or in the Universal Child Allowance or for subsidies to exist with interest rates for small and medium companies,” Jorge Capitanich explained responding to one of unions’ main demands, the debate over Argentina’s income tax scheme.
The official considered the issue an “open debate” to be held in a “democratic society” but stressed income tax “is paid by those who earn most", having "a redistributing effect.”
Security, inflation and vultures
Another CGT and CTA demand yesterday was a call for more active security policies.
Capitanich renewed a position he has long held since being appointed to head Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s ministerial team back in December: security and anti-crime calls must be addressed by each provincial jurisdiction.
The ex governor of the Chaco province also responded to inflation claims.
“Since January, (inflation) has had three incidental factors: the asymmetry between offer and demand. Offer goes down because businessmen do not invest, whether for mistrust of other issues, in spite of the fact that when they invest in China they don’t mistrust the statistics system of Chinca. Others appeal to the lack of judicial security and are the ones that receive subsidies the most in their companies,” he said and added that in Argentina’s legal dispute against vulture funds the government is defending the country’s “sovereignty,” a position that “should not affect economy and should not be a risk perception.”
In tune with statements by Labour Minister Carlos Tomada, Capitanich insisted Thursday’s walkout “was not a general strike, neither national.” “The productive system operated normally,” he affirmed.