September 23, 2014
'Voting yes to everything recalls dictatorship-era due obedience law'
As senators readied to start today’s marathon-like session in which the government hopes to gain an easy passing for some key bills, UIA head Héctor Méndez renewed industrial leaders’ criticism of the project aiming to modify Argentina’s anti-hoarding legislation.
“A government that has had the majority in Congress for years, a troop that votes (yes) for everything, makes me think of the due obedience law during the dictatorship,” chairman of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA) Méndez told reporters a few minutes ahead of the beginning of the session.
“I defend the interests of the sector that creates jobs the most,” the UIA leader affirmed as he let a question slip: “Do you know which companies supported (Adolph) Hitler? Big companies. Business leaders are always with the power, it is not my case”.
Along with the UIA, other private-sector business chambers aligned under the so called G6 group have been battling the amendments to the anti-hoarding law, issuing on Tuesday a statement in which they warned they will seek legal actions if the bill is passed in Congress.
“I tell you the story about the past. The power has different tools to win wills. In this battle, I have nothing to gain except for my conscience. I have gone and came back. (Néstor) Kirchner supported industrial measures. I have tried to be consistent and respectful with my counterparts. I have 30 people under my rule; I am more than a small and medium enterprise and have been elected chairman three times.”