Approximately 1,000 workers have congregated in the City of Buenos Aires’ Mayor’s Office in the neighborhood of Parque Patricios this afternoon to request higher salary increases, which they argue are insufficient in light of rampant inflation, and have said they won’t budge until they have an answer from City Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.
City government officials, on their end, have warned that no salary negotiation will take place until workers leave the building. (Psst, Larreta: that’s not how social movements work).
Workers are demanding a 40 percent salary increase as well as the re-hiring of 400 laid-off workers.
“Even though inflation and price hikes are far higher than the insufficient pay raises the City Government has offered, the national government and governors are applying economic policies that are hurting those who have the least, increasing poverty levels through price hikes and layoffs,” union worker Sergio Párraga told press. “These measures make inflation, which has already surpassed 40 percent, worse.”
According to a press release, City workers were offered a 23 percent pay raise, which they believe is insufficient in light of the estimated 40 percent inflation rate.
Negotiations over salary increases have plagued Macri’s administration since it took office, as Cambiemos (which Larreta’s government are part of) have been shooting for a 25 percent increase instead of unions’ requested 40 percent. This has consequently led to various protests, the latest of which was the Workers’ Day march on April 29th. Likewise, massive layoffs in the public and private sectors have workers up in arms demanding job security. An Employment Emergency bill that would prohibit employers from firing workers for six months is set to be debated in the Chamber of Deputies tomorrow.