May 20, 2013
Subway: City gov't urged to join wage talks
The national government repeated their plea to the City government to take political responsibility for a subway strike that was affecting since yesterday millions of commuters and was causing traffic chaos across the city.
Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo today blamed Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri for the standoff. “Over a million subway system users are being affected by this strike because the City’s head won’t sit to negotiate,” he stressed adding: “There is no doubt this is the city’s responsibility.”“It is paramount that the parts involved on the dispute join the negotiation table,” a Metrovias document issued today said.
A transfer agreement was signed in January between President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s administration and Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri giving the City responsibility over the underground system. The handover, however, was not completed as the City and the national government disagreed on the terms of the transfer.
Subte employees demand a 28 percent wage hike, an increase in the seniority category from 1.3 percent to two percent and investment in the transport system.