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7 April 2017

Argentina: first general strike against Macri’s Government paralyzes the country

The trade unions in Argentina paralyzed the country during the strike called on 6 April 2017 against the measures of economic adjustments imposed by President Mauricio Macri.

The General Confederation of Labor of the Argentine Republic (CGT for its acronym in Spanish) and other trade union Confederations described the general strike as a "success" after major activities such as transport, industry, teachers, commerce, ports, construction, oil companies, among other sectors totally ceased their activities.

This measure was taken after the increase of basic public services tariffs, the loss of purchasing power of wages and the refusal to negotiate with the union parity groups of the medical sector and other sectors such as oil tankers.

Two days before the general strike, Gerardo Martínez, General Secretary of the Construction Workers’ Union of the Republic of Argentina (UOCRA), indicated that the strike "is a tactical measure that responds to a workers' reaction when we see the Government is not giving the answers we need, and is a measure to accompanying our words with facts". Other BWI affiliates in Argentina have also taken part in the strike.

Like the Trade Union Confederation of Americas (TUCA), the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), stands in solidarity with the Argentine trade union movement and calls on all affiliates in the region to demand to the Argentine Government of Macri to comply with the demands of the workers and their unions. The BWI also calls for negotiations with the union parity groups, to reduce inflation by 40% and to repeal the economic policies that are increasing poverty in the country.