Breaking news

Successful national strike in Argentina

For 24 hours on 25 June, all services were paralyzed in Argentina. There were no planes, trains, subways, buses, banks or shops open. The empty streets were a testimony of the successful general strike called by the trade union centre CGT, supported by both CTA union centres.

According to an official statement, CGT decided on the strike measure

after a thorough debate, impressing on the authorities the need for changes in the direction of economic policy, to warn about the effects of the brutal economic adjustment on the population, and not receiving responses to the complaints

Workers have rejected the agreement between the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on a US$50,000 million loan, arguing that it will have dire consequences on employment, public works, social security systems, regional economies and public services.

Unions have condemned the veto imposed by Macri on a draft law limiting the increase in tariffs for public services. Instead, unions are demanding that the government review the planned cuts in public administration and limit the layoffs in the private sector.

Unions are also asking the government to reopen the tripartite wage adjustment negotiations for 2018, to take full account of the inflation forecast, which already exceeds the percentage calculated at the beginning of the year.

The clear message from the national trade union centres is that Argentina’s government must listen and respond to the demands and engage in social dialogue to help overcome the crisis and prevent new conflicts.

Marino Vani, IndustriALL Global Union regional secretary, says:

We stand in solidarity with workers in Argentina and congratulate them on the general strike against the economic policies of Macri’s government. Only unity, social dialogue and fighting back can bring an end to it.


Disclaimer: All third-party opinions expressed via IASWI accounts linked to and from this page are those of the individuals concerned and do not necessarily represent those of IASWI or its affiliates. No copyright infringement is intended nor implied. To discuss this disclaimer or the removal of appropriate credit for materials of which you hold copyright please contact us. All the third party videos and contents found on is not hosted on our servers; all third party videos or contents are hosted on a third party site. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and news sources on the do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the IASWI or official policies of the IASWI. These posts are only generated for the purpose of information sharing on the labour related issues.