The force measure will not affect the services of the Federal Capital and the Buenos Aires suburbs
The Automotive Tramway Union (UTA) confirmed on Monday afternoon a strike for 72 hours, which will begin this midnight in the interior of the country. The measure, which will not affect the services of the Federal Capital and the suburbs of Buenos Aires, will skip Wednesday so as not to harm the Census. It was resolved after the negotiations with the transport businessmen failed, in the audience they held with the union at the National Transport Secretariat.
Without reaching an agreement, and with the extension of the mandatory conciliation that ended this Monday, May 16, the national UTA released a statement in which it informs “the workers, the authorities, the users and the public opinion in general ”, which will comply with the force measure announced last week from the first minute of this Tuesday, May 17.
“We want to make it clear that we are responsible for all the consequences of any union action measure, the total refusal to agree on the salaries of passenger transport workers in the interior of the country, and to try to negotiate salaries different from those of the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires ”, indicates the document that bears the signature of Roberto Carlos Fernández, Secretary General of the UTA National Board of Directors.
And he continues: “Our request has been clear at all times, intending only to work, and collect the wages that legitimately correspond to us. We are not going to allow them to condemn us to poverty wages. That is why we ratify the union action measure for 72 hours, according to the following modality: stoppage of activities next Tuesday 17, resuming activity on the day of the National Census (May 18) in collaboration with the function performed that day, in the instance a national holiday, after which the union action measure will be resumed on Thursday the 19th and Friday the 20th of the current day”.
Roberto Fernández, general secretary of the UTA (Photo/Luciano González)
At the end of April, the UTA launched the measure demanding an equalization of interior salaries with those of the AMBA, a demand whose satisfaction is tied to the subsidy regimen received by the sector, as compensation so that employers do not increase tickets. at the same rate as inflation.
On that occasion, a conciliation issued by the Ministry of Labor stopped the strike. However, the conciliatory period, which after an extension, expired tonight, did not bear fruit and expectations were encrypted in a last meeting that took place this afternoon in Labor, where there was no agreement either.
“We will continue to make ourselves available to all the parties involved in the negotiation, during the course of this union action measure, in order to achieve the salary agreement that the interior passenger transport workers deserve,” the statement closes.
The strike, which will be for 72 hours, will begin on Tuesday, May 17 at 00:00 (Photo: Hugo Villalobos)
Last February, the Argentine Federation of Automotive Passenger Transporters (FATAP) had promoted the suspension of activities in public passenger transport throughout the interior of the country due to lack of funds to pay salaries and fuel.
At that time, from the entity they denounced that the national government did not send the subsidies with which it had committed itself at the end of last year. “To date, the public transportation sector by passenger car throughout the interior of the country has not received the promised contributions from the Government, and without the necessary funds it is prevented from paying salaries and loading fuel, for which the service will be interrupted in the short and medium distance sector,” said the statement released on February 4.
The full statement
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