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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

UOM union ratifies 36-hour strike, accuses business leaders of 'speculating with elections'

Deputy Secretary of the UOM metallurgical workers union Juan Belén ratified the decision to launch a 36-hour strike next week if salary negotiations fail and accused the sector’s business leaders of “speculation” ahead of October’s elections.

“There is no agreement, these guys are terrible,” Belén said in statements to media today. “The UOM Board and Congress, with 300 delegates across the country, ratified the 32-percent raise demand because money does not meet the needs of families.”

The UOM leader explained the union requested a 20-percent increase to be paid on April 1 and a 12-percent hike for July because the wage agreement for last year ended in March. Business leaders “offer 12 percent in April and 10 percent to be discussed in September because they say inflation will go down,” Belén explained.

“Last year, we signed for 29.7 percent and (inflation) was higher. Facing that, we are closer to strike,” he warned and pointed out they have requested the intervention in the salary dispute of Labour Minister Carlos Tomada to “see if there is an agreement possibility.”

“These guys (business leaders) are playing with the end of the (Kirchnerite) administration that ends in 2015. They are speculating to see how they can reduce salary costs."

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