Hugo Moyano’s union called for the reopening of parities
The Truckers Union took the lead in the face of the rise in the dollar and its impact on prices, by demanding this afternoon from the business chambers the reopening of parities to advance an increase that was scheduled to be discussed only in September. Although the required percentage was not officially reported, Hugo and Pablo Moyano’s union proposed a 140% salary recomposition.
This is the first union reaction to the strong devaluation ordered by the Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa, after the PASO, and it is expected that there will be a wave of similar demands to reopen the parities in order to agree on a new increase, since that many of the salary negotiations closed in recent weeks were outdated: for example, it is estimated that 80% of the products in supermarkets suffered increases in the last 24 hours.
The union secretary of the Truckers Union, Marcelo Aparicio, said this afternoon after meeting with the businessmen at the Ministry of Labor that “the worrying situation faced by workers was addressed at the meeting” because “salaries have experienced a notable decrease in relation to at the current cost of living. “The need to advance the discussion of the parity was raised, seeking to shorten the deadlines and start negotiating immediately,” said the leader.
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Pablo Moyano, Hugo Moyano and the Minister of Labor, Kelly Olmos, during the signing of the Truck Drivers joint
“Although various needs have been exposed and the situation has been evaluated, a definitive number has not been established due to economic uncertainty,” added Aparicio, number 3 of the union. The fluctuation of the dollar and prices make it necessary to meet again to define the details.
The leader of Truck Drivers reported that during the meeting “emphasis was also placed on the needs of logistical activities, postal services and removals, among others, which are in a more precarious situation” and, in addition, “the importance of reviewing and modify certain aspects of the agreement to improve working conditions in especially affected areas, always with the aim of defending the rights and dignity of workers”.
The assistant secretary of Truck Drivers, Pablo Moyano, participated in the meeting, but curiously it was Aparicio who spoke when the audience with the businessmen in the labor portfolio ended.
Sergio Massa, with Hugo and Pablo Moyano
The strong claim of the Truckers Union was registered in the midst of the silence of the CGT before the devaluation ordered by the Ministry of Economy after the PASO. In the electoral campaign, the labor union militated in favor of Massa’s presidential candidacy and even one of its co-chairmen, Héctor Daer (Sanidad), warned at the end of July that he was opposed to a devaluation and linked it to economic “orthodoxy”. , suggesting that she was close to the ideas of the opposition.
“Somehow you have to go to a stabilization of the macroeconomics and an inflationary stabilization. This is a process, and it does not have to go as orthodoxy says on the side of devaluation, the impoverishment of the entire Argentine people and from there see how relative prices adjust, since this ends up meaning that more people go to structural poverty,” Daer said in San Miguel de Tucumán, on a visit he made to shore up Massa’s campaign.
At the end of July, two of the country’s main unions signed parity agreements for a quarter in the face of rising inflation. On the one hand, the Argentine Federation of Commerce and Services Employees (FAECYS), the largest union in the country, closed a salary agreement for the July-September quarter of 27% in three tranches, which will allow the basic salary to reach the floor of $286,000, with presenteeism. On the other hand, the Metallurgical Workers Union (UOM) agreed to an accumulated increase of 42.6% for the same period, which will also be paid in three installments.
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