Photo: Mario Quinteros

The CGT umbrella union, along with several social collectives and political parties, marched today to the Ministry of Production to protest against the Macri administration’s economic policies. In a rally held in Paseo Colón avenue, the union’s leadership threatened to call a 24-hour long nationwide strike to protest what they consider to be a “growing social gap,” but didn’t set a specific date. A national strike of this nature would bring all transport and most sectors of both the private and public sectors to a complete stop.

The rally began an hour earlier than what it was supposed to, around 3 PM. The first one to speak was CGT triumvirate member Carlos Acuña, who said that “if the government doesn’t provide answers,” the CGT will move forward with a national strike “for late March or early April.”

The other members of the leadership, Juan Carlos Schmid and Héctor Daer delivered speeches that went along the same lines: “If the government doesn’t rectify its policies, we will call a strike,” Daer said.

CGT's triumvirate. Photo via El Destape
CGT’s triumvirate. Photo via El Destape

“We don’t agree with the government’s policies. Those who have more are making more, and those who have less are the ones having the worst time. We are not going to tolerate they make labor contracts more precarious. We want free wage negotiations, without caps. And we won’t tolerate layoffs,” he added.

Schmid explained that the march targeted the Ministry of Production because “there’s a really strong controversy over how foreign trade is being administered.”

“We want to get the government’s attention in labor and production,” he emphasized. The fact that the CGT didn’t set a date could give the government more wiggle room to try to reach an agreement and prevent them from following through with bringing the whole country to a virtual halt. But it’s still far from being an easy task.