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argentina LABOUR TENSIONS

As unions plan strike, Macri gov't looks to eventual labour reform

If confirmed, the strike would be the fifth general strike against President Mauricio Macri's government since it took office in December, 2015.

Friday 19 October, 2018
Production and Labour Minister Dante Sica at the 2018 IDEA summit.
Production and Labour Minister Dante Sica at the 2018 IDEA summit. Foto:Courtesy IDEA

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Argentina's main union body, the CGT, is threatening a 36-hour strike in November, "if the government does not change course", the confederation's leadership announced on Thursday.

"It is very probable that we will carry out strike activity before the end of the year", Héctor Daer, one of the CGT's co-secretary generals, told FM La Patriada.

"The government went to the IMF (International Monetary Fund) on its knees", Dear said. He claimed the union movement "no longer has any room to move".

The strike would be the fifth general strike against President Mauricio Macri's government since it took office in December, 2015.

LABOUR REFORM

Production and Labour Minister Dante Sica lamented the decision. Speaking at the IDEAs business summit in Mar del Plata, he also confirmed the government would look at implementing labour reform within the next two years.

"We hope to have the sufficient maturity to discuss it in the next year or two years because, if not, we will be creating more unemployment", he said.

"We have been working with unions as we had been previously, and this does not seem like an opportune decision given the situation we are experiencing", Sica said, in relation to Argentina's ongoing economic woes.

"The right to strike is constitutional. Nobody is making observations about that", he clarified. 

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