September 22, 2014
Sarmiento unionists reject 'vandalism' accusations
Sarmiento train line unionists have forcefully rejected claims by Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo who had accused union leaders of sabotage and vandalism, pressuring workers to join Thursday’s anti-government strike.
“What the minister says is completely false,” Sarmiento unionist Edgardo Reynoso told reporters this morning affirming Randazzo was leading an “operation” to discredit workers.
“This is an operation by (minister Florencio) Randazzo, it is not the first time he does it. (Senator) Aníbal Fernández tried the same in 2005 and it is a constant (strategy) to attack workers saying there was sabotage when trains were (actually) been devastated,” Reynoso added.
In a press conference yesterday, minister Randazzo aimed at Sarmiento unionists Edgardo Reynoso y Mónica Schlotthauer accusing them of putting pressure on workers who did not want to walk off their jobs.
“They intentionally filled with garbage trains that were in the Castelar workshop so workers could not provide service,” the minister said yesterday.
In tune with Reynoso’s statetements, Mónica Schlottauer rejected the government’s accusations.
“I did not dirty the train, I don’t even know which trains they are. Besides, I work in the Once train station where the tragedy took place, not in Castelar,” Schlottauer said in reference to the 2012 railway accident that claimed the lives of 51 people and left hundreds injured.
The so called “Once” tragedy prompted fierce condemnation among society and opposition of the government’s lack of investment in Argentina’s ailing railway system, forcing the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration to make firm steps to renovate cars and tracks over the past two years.