The measure of force will affect all the lines that circulate in the AMBA and some of other parts of the country (DyN)
Without an agreement on the horizon regarding who should take charge of the increase for workers in the sector, the bus companies ratified that they are not going to pay the increase and, in this way, from the first hour of Friday a strike will begin that will affect most of the urban lines throughout the country.
The measure of force will be carried out in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA) by the official sector of the Automotive Tramway Union (UTA), headed by Roberto Fernández, and will be added to the cessation of activities called by the union’s Blue List, led by the opposition Miguel Bustinduy, which also reaches several provinces in the interior and which went ahead, starting at 4:00 p.m. this Thursday.
The dispute began after the last joint meeting, in which the national authorities granted the increase demanded by the union representatives and said that a good part of that increase should be contributed by the transport companies, which withdrew from the place without signing the agreement. agreement.
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The companies refused to move forward with the negotiations, arguing that they do not have the economic resources to face this expense, for which they demanded an update of the amount they receive as a state subsidy in order to be able to pay the salaries with the corresponding increase.
The main force measure will begin on Friday (Nicolas Stulberg)
“Some have already paid with an increase and there are others that did not pay, for that reason, in those that were paid, they go to work and in those that did not pay, the drivers will not leave until they pay the agreed increase,” said Roberto Fernández in dialogue. with Infobae.
For its part, the Blue List remarked that “a national union must negotiate for the entire country and not only for the metropolitan region of Buenos Aires,” for which reason it launched its own strike for the entire country “for an indefinite period” until the meet your demand for a salary recomposition from January, which should be no less than $400,000, according to sources from that sector.
Meanwhile, the companies issued a statement this Thursday afternoon in which they ratified their position that “the salary scales set forth by the National Ministry of Labor and the National Ministry of Transportation are not approved and are illegitimate.” and that “they cannot pay the wage increase demanded by the union.”
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“Apart from legal issues, the economy of our companies is strictly regulated by the state, with fully traceable income; Currently, 12% is made up of what the passenger pays and 88% with fare compensation. The Ministry of Transportation of the Nation calculates and arranges for the payment of said compensation funds, which, with the exception of salary costs, are calculated at prices of December 2022. With the evolution of the prices of the country’s economy and also arrears in payments by the state, companies are subsisting first with a strong decapitalization and then with indebtedness, which reached the limit of their possibilities”, explained the companies.
The text was signed by the Business Chamber of Passenger Auto Transport (CEAP), the Business Chamber of Urban Transport of Buenos Aires (CETUBA), the Chamber of Transport of the Province of Buenos Aires (CTPBA), the Argentine Association of Transport Entrepreneurs Automotive (AAETA) and the Chamber of United Entrepreneurs of Urban Passenger Transport of Buenos Aires (CEUTUPBA).
A sector of the UTA has been on strike since 4:00 p.m. on Thursday
“We understand and share the understandable claims of the workers, but without compliance with the obligations by the Ministry of National Transportation and through a legal agreement, it is impossible for companies to assume this salary increase,” the entities indicated.
On Thursday night, the official UTA issued a statement in which it ratified “the retention of tasks” throughout the AMBA, the city of La Plata and the provinces of Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Santa Fe, Formosa, Misiones and Tucumán, from the first hour of Friday.
On the contrary, there were agreements in the cities of Bahía Blanca, Comodoro Rivadavia, San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Trelew, Mar del Plata and Rosario, as well as in part of Catamarca, Chaco, La Rioja, Córdoba, Jujuy, La Pampa, Mendoza, Neuquén, Río Negro, Salta, San Juan, San Luis, Santa Cruz and Santiago del Estero, where this sector of the union maintained that “passenger transportation is guaranteed and will be normal.”
The statement from the UTA ratifying the strike
However, in all those places the strike called by the opposition Blue List continued in force, which has affiliates in a total of 180 bus lines spread throughout the country.
“We regret the damage that has been generated by a small group that responds to the business interests of DOTA, which suddenly stopped at 4:00 p.m., for greater resources for its employers. The workers do not stop, we retain our tasks due to our increase from 00″, added the branch that responds to Roberto Fernández.
Likewise, this sector questioned the alleged use of the union force measure by the companies to put pressure on the Government: “We will not allow monopolistic groups that seek to exert pressure on the national authorities to obtain greater economic resources, to generate discussion in the spaces and the appropriate instances, and do not use the workers and the users as hostages of their sectoral requests”.
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