The measure of force will affect the interior
After an extensive meeting that lasted several hours, the representatives of the Automotive Tramway Union (UTA) did not reach an agreement with the national authorities and the companies in the sector, and the total strike of groups in the interior of the country that It was scheduled for this Tuesday, although after last-minute negotiations, the protest was lifted in the city of Buenos Aires and its surroundings, which were initially also going to be included.
The measure of force began at 00:00, will continue throughout the day and will affect the short and medium distance lines that circulate through the provinces and, although initially it was also going to reach those that do so through the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA), an arrangement was reached to guarantee service in this area.
The Ministry of Transportation, together with the Ministry of Labor, issued an “exceptional” Joint Resolution at the last minute, based on which “the payment of the workers and the automotive transport services of the AMBA, under national jurisdiction, will be ensured.”
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In this way, the cessation of activities in this area was without effect, while the companies “were offered to update the amounts of higher non-salary costs and they did not accept,” according to sources close to the negotiation.
Regarding the situation in the interior, the Ministry of Transport confirmed that the payment of the compensating fund established by the budget law has already been made, but in this part of the country the strike would be inevitable.
The latest statement from the UTA
“To public opinion, national and provincial authorities, users, and with them the workers and passenger transport workers throughout the country, we inform that in attention to the issuance of the Joint Resolution by the Ministers of Labor and Transport of the Nation, which have granted the salary increases requested only for workers in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, the lifting of the trade union action measure in the AMBA has been resolved,” the union specified shortly before midnight on Monday.
In this regard, it was remarked that “the union action measure will only be annulled, in those provinces in which the proportional salary increase is complied with, in the same terms and under the same conditions as those resolved for the AMBA”.
“We urge those responsible for Transportation in the Provinces and the National State, to take charge of the damage that will cause them with their disdainful behavior, for the damage that will generate towards the users of our services, the refusal to pay the salary increase in the inside the country,” he added.
The union led by Roberto Fernández made the decision in the context of a conflict that began several months ago to demand a salary increase, which is why this Monday the unionist met again with officials from the Ministry of Labor and with the business chambers. of the sector, but the negotiations did not prosper.
According to what Infobae was told by sources from the companies that operate the different bus lines, it was “a very tough meeting” in which they refused to “accept a commitment that the National State has to assume.”
In this sense, the firms in the sector remarked that “every time the salary of the workers is increased, the Government increased the amount of the subsidy to compensate the payment” of the same, but that this was not the case.
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Specifically, the UTA demands to collect a retroactive increase so that the basic since last April is 262,000 pesos, in addition to a one-time and non-remunerative bonus of another 32,000 pesos and daily allowances for all workers in the sector.
Several of the buses in the interior of the country will not leave the terminals (Nicolas Stulberg)
“To the companions of passenger transport, we inform that in response to the failure of the last hearing in the Ministry of Labor, in which the companies refuse to agree on a salary increase according to the increase in inflation and in which both the authorities of the Ministry of Transportation of the Nation, as well as the rest of the provinces of the interior and the City of Buenos Aires have been absent, if the salaries for the represented personnel are not agreed for the next hearing on Monday, we ratify a strike for 24 hours in short and medium distance companies throughout the country, from 00 hours on Tuesday the 13th of the current month”, the union had anticipated last week.
In this regard, the union maintained that “the measure of force is pushed by those who have the responsibility of solving the serious crisis in which they are putting transport, affecting the 10 million daily users of the AMBA and 9 million in the interior of the country ”.
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