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Anti-government unions 'closer' to strike

Anti-government union leader Luis Barrionuevo.
Anti-government union leader Luis Barrionuevo.
Anti-government union leader Luis Barrionuevo.

Secretary General of the CGT “Azul y Blanca” Luis Barrionuevo said the anti-government labour movement was "close" to launch a 36-hour strike accusing Economy Minister Axel Kicillof of seeking to put an end to collective bargaining negotiations.

“We are closer than further (from launching a strike). We are waiting for the resolution by the transport (sector),” Barrionuevo told the Mitre radio station today.

“We understand that if there are collective bargaining negotiations, these are free. Each sector in the labour world has to come out and demand (a hike). If the economy minister is not interested in free negotiations, then let him issue a decree saying that there is no further increase than 25 percent,” the union leader affirmed.

Earlier in the weekend, Kicillof denied the government was limiting salary talks but considered “there should be lower (wage) agreements” due to a slowing down in inflation.

“We have carried out strikes, protests and demonstrations, always with the same moderation to preserve democracy and waiting for this government to end,” Barrionuevo said later to the Crónica TV news channel. “Thank God this government is coming to an end.”

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