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Capitanich denounces ‘political motivations' behind Moyano's strike threats

Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich speaks at the government house.
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich speaks at the government house.
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich speaks at the government house.

Ahead of the impending call for a national strike by leader of the dissident CGT umbrella union Hugo Moyano, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich denounced “political motivations” behind the protest actions against the income tax.

Amid growing tension with several unions, who demand changes in the minimum income tax floor, currently set at 15,000 pesos a month, the chief of ministers said that that figure was set in November 2013 and that there were “no protests back there.”

Speaking at his daily press conference in the government house, Capitanich pointed out that the threat for a new national strike by Moyano is 'politically motivated' and that it responds to a “political agenda.”

He aimed at the opposition for fostering the strike. In a not-so-veiled reference to the government’s efforts to create a Congressional Commission to investigate accusations against HSBC for helping clients evade taxes, Capitanich said that “some candidates oppose taxes on speculative financial income but at the same time they resist the investigation of banks in congressional commissions.”

The official criticised the latest inflation figures released by Congress saying the opposition “constantly seeks to spread false numbers” in order to “discredit the government’s achievements.” He said opposition leaders “systematically spread lies using a ridiculous methodology.”

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Tags:  Capitanich  Moyano  income tax  protest  strike  opposition  inflation  Argentina  





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