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argentina PROTEST ON FEBRUARY 21

Yasky backs Moyano as other union bosses back down from anti-gov't protest

Some union bosses, like Food and Beverage leader Rodolfo Daer, have labelled the February 21 protest a "whim" on the part of former Teamsters’ union boss Hugo Moyano.

Wednesday 14 February, 2018
CTA Workers' union boss and lawmaker Hugo Yasky.
CTA Workers' union boss and lawmaker Hugo Yasky. Foto:Cedoc

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CTA Workers' Union leader Hugo Yasky took aim on Tuesday at fellow union bosses who are refusing to send their affiliates to the February 21 protest against the Mauricio Macri government.

Some union bosses, like Food and Beverage leader Rodolfo Daer, have labelled the protest a “whim” on the part of former Teamsters’ union boss Hugo Moyano.

Yasky is an ally of former president-cum-Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and currently sits as a lawmaker in the Lower House for her Citizens United bloc.

“The ones who’ve apparently pulled out of the march, pulled out a long time ago but not of the march: they’ve pulled out of their commitment to the working class, of dignity, of the need to put limits on this government which has been so hard on the poor”, Yasky said.

He claimed the Judiciary was being controlled “via remote control” by the Macri government against those unions that “had stood up” for workers and were fighting “like Moyano is.”

Moyano is under fire on a range of corruption charges and is at odds with the government as it seeks to limit the power of unions in the country’s transport and logistics sectors.

Other power players in the union movement who will not participate in the protest are: Antonio Caló (metal workers union), Carlos Acuña (gas station workers) and Luis Barrionuevo (gastronomic workers).

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